Wexford have ‘lost identity’, says 1996 hero Larry Murphy as relegation looms

Potential All-Ireland champions four years ago, Wexford are now staring into the abyss.

Five points clear against eventual champions Tipperary in the second half of the All-Ireland 2019 semi-final, Wexford lost their way and were beaten by two points late on, so when Larry Murphy says they “were probably just unlucky not to win the All”. -Ireland no year”, is hardly pushing the limits of credibility.

“Momentum and all, I think Wexford had a chance,” says Murphy, one of the heroes of the 1996 All-Ireland victory.

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“If you look, again, at the age profile of the team, people like Lee Chin, Matthew O’Hanlon, Dee O’Keeffe, all these guys were really at the peak of their powers, high confidence, high maturity, fierce drive, Rory O’Connor flying and all the guys were really humming at that stage.

“The problem was, when you get to the top, you always go downhill, and unfortunately, with Covid and everything, we went downhill and I absolutely needed a change.

“Darragh Egan’s entry certainly caused a reaction from the players, whether by design or accident or whatever, but since Waterford [League semi-final] game last year I think there have been red flags in a way with the way we’re playing.

“I think we have lost our identity in the way we play. He wouldn’t be a fan of the current tactics.”