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John Mullane fears of break down of trust in Waterford camp

John Mullane

John Mullane is seriously concerned by Waterford’s team sheet being leaked ahead of their crucial Munster Championship encounter with Clare.

Many considered Waterford to be the strongest challengers to Limerick’s crown after their league triumph, but the Déise’s championship campaign has already come to an end following three consecutive defeats.

Clare manager Brian Lohan had made six changes to the team that started against Limerick, with star player Tony Kelly sitting out the game against Waterford, but the Banner ran out as 12-point winners nonetheless.

Waterford great John Mullane was speaking on RTE Radio’s Sunday Sport and was more concerned with his own county’s line up and how it had been circulated in the days coming up to the match.

John Mullane on the Waterford camp.

“I just think something’s not right in the camp. It’s not a good sign, the team being leaked. The team that they named within their own camp, that got leaked during the week. That for me is not a good sign,” Mullane said.

“You go back to the last two years under Liam Cahill, nothing came out of the dressing room, absolutely nothing – you wouldn’t have a clue what was going on in there.

“For the last couple of days, there was a team circulating around the county. I think Liam Cahill will be thoroughly, thoroughly disappointed that team was let out.

“Look, as it played out, it didn’t really matter. When you have that break down of trust within your camp, you’re fighting a lost cause.”

The Déise are left picking up the pieces.

It had appeared that Waterford had done everything right leading up to this year’s championship with their league triumph, while they also got off to a winning start against Tipperary.

A loss to Limerick followed, although there were positives to take from the narrow three-point defeat to the All-Ireland champions, but Cahill’s side looked well and truly off the pace against Cork and Clare.

Cahill opted against managing his native Tipperary in recommitting to Waterford last year, and while he does have the option of remaining at the helm of the Déise for another year, nothing is certain for now.

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