'Davy Fitzgerald deserves more time with Clare – but only if he has the backing of his players'
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald deserves more time in charge of the Banner, but only if he continues to receive the backing of his panel, according to Daithí Regan.
The Off The Ball pundit was discussing Clare's exit in the 2015 championship following their defeat to Cork on Saturday night, and while the Banner have won just one championship game since defeating the same opposition in the 2013 All-Ireland Final, the former Offaly player believes that they are close to getting things right.
"Clare are not gone," he told listeners this evening. "There is not a massive amount wrong in Clare and Clare people may be surprised to hear that.
"Where they go from here is crucial.
"Davy Fitzgerald deserves time, no more than TJ Ryan or Jimmy Barry Murphy, or no more than anyone else after the next round of qualifiers to make his own mind up."
Disruptions to the squad earlier this season and the return of Colm Galvin from America were talking points in what was another disappointing campaign, but Regan believes that Fitzgerald is the right man at the helm, but only if he still has the backing of his squad.
"If there are issues within the camp, next year is absolutely fundamentally critical to Clare's well-being.
"Davy Fitzgerald, if he has absolute backing of his squad of players, fundamentally believes that he is the man to bring them forward and the players acknowledge that what happened this year was down to them , more so than the management team, they can move forward.
"If Clare players feel he has brought them as far as he can or if there are issues reoccurring, well then that is something the Clare players will need to address themselves."