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Clare Hurlers To Revolt Against Davy Fitzgerald [Report]

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Clare vs Limerick Clare Manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Davy Fitzgerald’s days as manager of the Clare senior hurlers could be numbered, according to a report by Emmet Moloney of the Clare People today.

The All-Ireland winning manager is a controversial figure, and threw his future into doubt a number of weeks ago on RTÉ.

“I don’t know what I want to do. Last year I knew 100% what I want(ed) to do.

“I could see myself managing someone else, do something different. Because I love hurling so much.”

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Today’s report states that the players have been in contact with each other, organising a forum to debate whether or not they should oust Fitzgerald as manager.

“The Clare senior hurling panel are meeting this week to decide on the future of Davy Fitzgerald’s tenure as manager of the squad.

“The players have been in contact with each other in recent days, initially prompted by the manager himself, to discuss their thoughts about the upcoming year.

“There is strong speculation that a number of players have indicated privately that they would like to see a change of manager in 2017.”

Davy’s current deal should see him in charge of the Banner until the end of 2017, but a number of things have gone against him since they lost to Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Paul Kinnerk has left the county and will be a selector with Limerick next season.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 5/6/2016 Clare vs Waterford Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with selector Donal Og Cusack Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Podge Collins has also declared that he will not continue his dual status next year. The fact that he has chosen the big ball in the past is not good news for the hurlers.

Fitzgerald, who is currently holidaying in America, is believed to have contacted a number of players to get their thoughts on the issue.


Via The Clare People.

Update: Davy Fitzgerald to step down as Clare manager in next 48 hours.

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