Sport needs giants - now more than ever
All great managers have an X-factor, it's what marks them out. That's why the news this week that Clare has found it necessary to engage the services of a PR maestro is so perplexing
One of Davy Fitzgerald's predecessors as manager of the Clare hurling team, Ger Loughnane, was once asked where the players would go for their annual team-building excursion abroad.
"Somewhere they know nothing about hurling," he replied, "Thailand or Tipperary."
It is easy to imagine the reaction of a practitioner of the dark arts of PR to that statement.