Nugent: Tipp blameless for Cork missing double-header
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tipperary chairman Sean Nugent insists a fresh home and away agreement could have been agreed with Cork before Sunday’s League quarter-final – but only if his board had been contacted in time.
Nugent responded to Cork chairman Bob Ryan’s “disappointment” Tipperary will have home advantage for the tie. Cork believed they had the right to stage the glamour tie but learned on Sunday a previous arrangement covering League fixtures expired in 2012, when the counties met in the semi-final in Thurles.
Home advantage was decided on Monday by the toss of a coin. Cork are unhappy their senior footballers and hurlers will now play Sunday at two separate venues, with Brian Cuthbert’s footballers hosting Tyrone. The ideal scenario for the Rebels would have been to stage a double-header on Leeside and Nugent revealed that could have been a possibility if Cork had been in touch before the hurling quarter-finals were confirmed.
Nugent confirmed: “If Cork had made an approach to Tipperary, in time, in regard to a new home and away arrangement, we would have been in a better position to accede to their request. Had we lost the toss on Monday, we would have been quite happy to go to Cork as part of a double-bill. But we are open to entering into negotiations with Cork regarding any potential future home and away agreement.”
Nugent stated Tipp are blameless in this situation, adding: “The possibility was always there Cork would top Division 1B. And the way we were fixed ahead of last Sunday, in a lowly position, it was possible we would finish in fourth place in Division 1A, which was the case. So if we qualified, we were likely to play Cork and that’s how it worked out. If we had been contacted earlier by Cork, we would have been in a better position to consider the situation.”
Nugent, meanwhile, is anticipating an attendance in the region of 10,000 in Thurles next Sunday. And with Cork expected to bring a sizeable travelling contingent, Nugent has appealed for a strong home support. He said: “I would be appealing to supporters to come out in large numbers to support the team. A Cork-Tipp game has huge appeal and whets the appetite of any hurling follower, even those outside the county.”
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