Mitchell’s reign as hurl­ing man­ager comes to end

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

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’.

John Mitchell

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