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Tuesday 2 September 2014

'Disillusioned' Davy Fitzgerald to make decision on his future as Clare boss

Cliona Foley

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

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Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald shows his frustration as a decision goes against Clare late in normal time during their qualifier clash with Wexford. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald shows his frustration as a decision goes against Clare late in normal time during their qualifier clash with Wexford. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

He did a bit of 'dancing at the crossroads' himself along the sideline in pure temper but Davy Fitzgerald, like his team, was desperate to go down with dignity after relinquishing their All-Ireland crown.

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After warmly congratulating Liam Dunne, he raced away down the tunnel, shaking his head.

Clare were clearly unhappy with the referee and Fitzgerald struggled to bite his lip when asked about some flashpoints.

"If sendings off are sendings off, they are, but maybe they should be the same for both sides, I saw something towards the end that was crazy.

"And I thought Aaron Cunningham was absolutely killed and it was a free out, we got blown for steps?" he mused.

But all the time Davy stressed that he didn't want to detract from their opponents' victory.

"Today is Wexford's day. Fair play to them, as hurling people we wish them well, please print that," he said.

His one consolation was his charges' immense bravery.

"What team, with 13 men, could hold on like that, in such adversity? It's incredible what they did, I'm so proud of them."

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So will he stay on?

"We'll see," he said. "I was given another three years but to say I'm disappointed with certain things would be putting it mildly," he added, mentioning the stories being "told even in the last week".

"I'm a bit disillusioned with everything, even within our own county," he said cryptically. "I absolutely love the bones of them guys (players). I'm going to keep my head down and think about it for a few months but the thing I want you to write about is the great game," he stressed.

Leinster rugby hero Sean O'Brien, who has been helping Wexford out, was among the visitors to their ebullient dressing-room from which Liam 'Cool Hand' Dunne eventually emerged.

"For the development of this team it was good that it went back to 15-a-side again," he insisted. "We beat them fair and square in extra-time, that's the pleasing thing for me. To be honest I would have taken the win in 70 minutes but fellas went to the well," he grinned.

How did you prepare them for extra-time?

"They had 13 men on the field and had to put in a harder shift than us," Dunne explained.

"You've Derek McGrath and Waterford waiting in the long grass now but we're delighted to be going to Nowlan Park and Clare have been great All-Ireland champions."

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