The latest manager v analyst spat in the GAA world took another twist on Wednesday as Michael Duignan took to Morning Ireland to hit back at Davy Fitzgerald’s latest comments – calling the Wexford manager’s statements ‘sinister’.
In an emotional outburst in the wake to Wexford’s loss to Waterford, Davy took aim at Duignan and Henry Shefflin over their criticism of the ‘sweeper’ system in hurling.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Fitzgerald doubled down on his criticism:
“Do we want fellas on to just be controversial and cutting lads? I personally now and I know there are a lot like me who would turn down the television because they want to learn about it. Then you have a certain amount of people who want to hear the controversy, that’s fine.”
The Clareman said that The Sunday Game should have people who been managed at the highest level providing analysis.
However, Duignan hit back at this claim:
“I think there is a little bit more of a sinister issue here,” Duignan said on RTÉ Radio this morning.
“More or less calling for my head or Henry Shefflin’s head as analysts on The Sunday Game because we haven’t managed at a high level which is total nonsense.”
The Offalyman also was put out by Fitzgerald claiming to have spoken to the State broadcaster over their GAA coverage.
“He also said yesterday that he spoke to RTÉ – I don’t know where he [Davy] thinks he has this influence over RTÉ. His job as far as I know is to manage Wexford and LIT.
“I’m not on with you this morning or on The Sunday Game because I love RTÉ. I’m on it because it is a job.
“I think it was a little more sinister.”
Listen to Davy’s initial comments in this week’s episode of The 16th Man podcast.