Limerick manager 'absolutely not' in favour of scrapping Munster SHC

John Kiely is “absolutely not” in favour of scrapping the Munster senior hurling championship – but the Limerick manager has praised Clare star Tony Kelly for publicly voicing his views, writes Jackie Cahill.

Kelly, Hurler of the Year in 2013, has suggested getting rid of the provincial competition in favour of a ‘super 8’ of ‘super 10’ All-Ireland championship format.

Tony Kelly.

Kiely doesn’t harbour any stringent views on the overall championship structures, insisting that his focus is on the Limerick team, but when asked about the Munster championship specifically, his reaction was immediate.

He said: “I wouldn’t be in favour of getting rid of it, absolutely not.

“That’s my personal opinion, nobody else’s.

“Fair play to him (Kelly) and it’s good to see these lads coming out and making themselves heard.

“It’s good to see that guys are looking beyond the bigger or local picture, and it’s good to see players having an opinion and voicing it.

“We’re in the pressure pot of management and if changes come in, we could be gone to the long grass, and our feet up with a sombrero,” Kiely smiled.

John Kiely.

“I’ll be honest about it, our focus is on the team and ourselves at the moment.

“What goes on outside of it, we can’t control.

“If, at some point, we are approached to give input, I would sit down and consult with those around me to see what the collective opinion would be.

“For me, that’s something that’s out there. I don’t see it as something that’s a priority for me at the moment. I would like to see the League structure altered a bit – but that’s a matter for another day.”

Kiely added: “I don’t see anything wrong with the Munster championship.

“Having said that, attendances have been falling in the last number of years.”

Limerick continue their Allianz League Division 1B campaign with a visit to Laois on Saturday evening.

The Shannonsiders lost their opening game against Wexford but have claimed successive victories against Kerry and Offaly at the Gaelic Grounds.

But now Limerick are on the road again and Kiely said: “It will bring a different dynamic to it again. It’s a chance for the boys to spend a bit longer together, travelling up on the bus.

“It’s a new challenge again and I’m sure Laois will have the bit between their teeth, given the (Galway) result last weekend.”

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