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McDermott not continuing in Kilmurry Ibrickane role

CLARE and Kilmurry Ibrickane manager Micheál McDermott has opted to stand down as manager of the county and Munster club champions. The two-in-a-row county championship and Munster club winning manager informed Kilmurry Ibrickane chairman, Gerard Talty and the panel of players of his decision after the club’s extra-time defeat to Lissycasey on Tuesday.
“After chatting to Gerard Talty, we had a good discussion about plans for the year. I felt ‘no’, it would be a case of letting somebody else take over the reins for the year. It’s up to the club now to find somebody to do that,” McDermott told The Clare Champion on Wednesday.
The county manager stressed that he hasn’t fallen out with either the club or any of its members. “I have fallen out with nobody out there but I felt it’s important for players and the club to give my decision and to move on from that,” he said.
McDermott, who managed Kilmurry for two years and has a one-year term as Clare manager, explained that he would have given priority to Clare, even if he had stayed with Kilmurry.
“I would have had a couple of guys that would help out in running the club, so I could commit to one night a week to the club and their games at the weekend. But the full emphasis has to be on Clare for this year,” he noted.
On a technicality, McDermott said that he hasn’t resigned because with the club AGM yet to be held, he wasn’t officially appointed to the position of manager for 2010.
“The appointment actually had to be ratified by the club, so technically it’s not Micheál McDermott walking away from being manager. I was never manager at all, until an AGM took place. That AGM has to take place yet,” the now former Kilmurry manager concluded.

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