Denis Walsh Statement
I met with the Cork County Board Chairman and the Vice Chairman on Monday evening at their request.
They immediately indicated that I was not going to be considered for re-appointment, and in the best interest of Cork Hurling in general, I accepted that democratic decision.
I am extremely grateful to the three-man committee (Jimmy Barry Murphy, Denis Coughlan and John Fenton) who placed their trust in me back in April 2009. I am satisfied that in Cork's hurling greatest hour of need I showed the necessary ‘bottle' by accepting the position as Manager.
I would like to thank my selectors, Pa Finn, Pat Buckley and Jerry Ryan and their respective families for their support and commitment over the past two years.
I salute every member of the coaching and backroom staff for their enormous effort and commitment in that time.
I'd like to thank all the various clubs in Cork who gave the use of their facilities and gave exceptional co-operation with access to their players.
Finally, to the players who have displayed a great appreciation of exactly what is required to compete and win at the highest level, my belief in their ability to turn the corner over the next 2 to 3 years is unwavering.
I take full responsibility for the results of last 2 years. Cork remained competitive and produced several decent displays while at the same time introducing many new players. The manner of our exit from the 2010 and 2011 Championships were un-acceptable and I apologise to all Cork Supports for that fact. In the words of the American writer Benjamin Graham ‘You're neither right nor wrong because other people agree with you. You're right because your facts are right and your reasoning is right - and that's the only thing that makes you right. And if your facts and reasoning are right, you don't have to worry about anybody else.' Hence, I stand over every single decision that was made during that period.
As a player and as a Coach I have always given un-conditional commitment to Cork Hurling and Football and that shall continue into the future.
I'd take this opportunity to thank my wife Rena and my family for their patience and support over the last few years.
Yours in Sport