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Limerick players will get over management row and get on with the hurling, says Nash

Cork stopper Anthony Nash expects Limerick to be fully firing when they set out to defend their Munster hurling title.

Nash:
Nash: "Players are players and they just want to hurl."
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LIMERICK’S MANAGEMENT TURMOIL won’t dent their Championship chances, Cork’s All-Star keeper Anthony Nash said.

The Treaty war of words continued yesterday as departing Donal O’Grady hit back at county chiefs and claimed that they were working to “discredit” him following his sudden resignation.

Joint manager TJ Ryan remains in place for now as Limerick prepare to open their Munster title defence against Tipperary on 1 June.

Nash, who was on the losing side in last year’s provincial final, expects the players to keep their focus despite the controversy.

“Unless you know the full story you can’t really comment,” he told TheScore.ie. “It’s a bit of a blow for Limerick.

“Donal O’Grady was obviously doing a big job down there but TJ Ryan was the joint manager so they still have their manager involved and he’s going to take them on to the championship.”

Anthony Nash and Graeme Mulcahy Nash and Cork lost out to Limerick in last year's Munster final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The row sparked when O’Grady and Ryan objected to a county board statement which said they had offered their apologies for the team’s “abysmal” league performances.

There was little to choose between the two counties in Division 1B, with Cork pipping Limerick to promotion by a single point, and Nash expects the Munster rivals to improve again come the summer.

“They’ve had a lot of injuries through the league and a lot of players that they’re going to get back for the championship. The game between themselves and Tipperary will be no soft game.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they start putting it up to teams again and beating teams. They’re going to be looking to retain their Munster title at least.

They’ll get over [the management row] quickly enough to be honest. Players are players and they just want to hurl.

“I know it’s not ideal but they’ll be set up and ready to go for Championship.”

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