FORMER CORK HURLING manager Denis Walsh has issued a defiant statement insisting he stands by every decision he made during his two years in charge.
Walsh was informed by the Cork County Board on Monday evening that he would not be reinstated as the team’s manager, a decision he accepted ‘in the best interest of Cork hurling in general.’
While taking full responsibility for Cork’s results since he took charge, Walsh insisted that the team “remained competitive and produced several decent displays while at the same time introducing many new players.”
He admitted, however, that the exits from the 2010 and 2011 Hurling Championships were ‘unacceptable’ and that he “apologises to all Cork supporters for that fact.” Cork’s last action this season saw them lose by 12 points to Galway in the third phase of qualifying, having earlier beaten both Laois and Offaly.
Walsh ended his statement by quoting the American writer Benjamin Graham.
“‘You’re neither right nor wrong because other people agree with you. You’re right because your facts are right and your reasoning is right – and that’s the only thing that makes you right. And if your facts and reasoning are right, you don’t have to worry about anybody else.’”
Former Tipperary star Declan Carr, speaking on Today FM’s The Last Word, felt that Walsh had an awkward role to perform from the start.
“I would defend most managers,” he told host Matt Cooper. “He came in and did what he thought was right. I think he made some big calls – right or wrong, I wouldn’t dare to say, though dropping Sean Og O hAilpín was contentious.
“I’m not one for sitting on the fence but you need to observe things at close quarters in order to be able to comment.”