Davy Fitzgerald has stepped down from his role as Wexford manager

Fitzgerald steps down as Wexford boss.

Davy Fitzgerald has stepped down from his role as Wexford senior hurling manager.

Wexford were eliminated from the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers at the hands of Fitzgerald’s native Clare on July 17 and they had previously lost to Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final.

Wexford GAA statement on Davy Fitzgerald.

A statement issued on Friday says that, “Wexford GAA wish to announce that Davy Fitzgerald has informed the executive that he will step down from the role of Senior Hurling Manager after five years in charge.”

Wexford GAA chairman Mícheál Martin added: “We wish to sincerely thank Davy and his backroom team for the manner in which they have carried out their duties over their stewardship.

“Davy’s arrival in 2017 resulted in immediate promotion to Division One of the National Hurling League and a first Leinster Final appearance since 2008. In the last five years, we have been consistently competitive, with the 2019 Leinster final victory the standout moment.

“Davy’s contribution to the activities of Wexford GAA went above and beyond those expected from a Senior Team Manager. Davy is and will always be held in the highest of esteem by all in Wexford GAA.”

“I enjoyed every second in Wexford.”

Fitzgerald himself has cited travel as the main reason for his departure, saying: “The main reason for this is down to the six-hour round trip from my home in Sixmilebridge, which I have done for the last five years.

“I have never felt closer or happier with any team in all my years coaching and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of my five years in Wexford.”

He added: “It has been an absolute privilege and an honour to have worked with every one of the players during my time in Wexford. There were ups and downs, highs and lows, as is the nature of Sport, all of which was experienced with a sense of collective pride and enjoyment.”

Fitzgerald won two All-Ireland Hurling Championships with Clare as a player before leading the banner to the Liam MacCarthy Cup as manager in 2013. In 2019, he led Wexford to their first Leinster title in 15 years before bowing out of the All-Ireland at the semi-final stage.