Mitchell’s reign as hurling manager comes to end
JOHN MITCHELL will not be the manager of Wicklow’s county hurlers in 2009.
He had offered to stay on as manager for a third year but Wicklow County G.A.A. Committee did not accept.
Instead, when he approached the committee to say he was willing to continue, he was informed that new structures were being set up for hurling similar to those for football.
County secretary Michael Murphy explained: ‘Until we have that sorted out, we have not decided on anyone for manager.
‘We will be advertising the position. John Mitchell will have to do an interview the same as everyone else. His twoyear contract is up. We cannot give him another two years automatically. We understand a couple of others are also interested in the post’.
Surprised at the reaction he got when he contacted the committee, John Mitchell has now told them he will not be seeking reappointment to the job.
It makes him the latest in a line of casualties of County Committees seeking a change of manager for county teams.
John Mitchell said that he had enjoyed his two- year stint as manager of the hurlers. There were more good days than bad and he thanked the players and back-up team for their support and assistance.
‘I have had phone calls from several of the players thanking me for the work I did and it is obvious that the move for a change is not coming from player power,’ he said.
‘Many players have told me they are sorry to see me go and they thanked me for giving them their chance to shine at inter-county level. A number of them have also asked me to reconsider my decision not to seek reappointment.’
Wicklow’s former Allstar player Don Hyland said: ‘John Mitchell is the first man I have seen come in and really manage the team. John was a good organiser and a fair man and he brought in fitness and training.
‘It is a pity he did not get more support from the clubs. John Mitchell gave it everything and I am very sorry to see him go. He was a good man, a very fair man’.