Monday 5 December 2016

Player power leaves Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald on the brink

Published 21/09/2016 | 02:30

'Speaking about his future earlier this month, the former All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper hinted that he could step away from the role.' Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
'Speaking about his future earlier this month, the former All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper hinted that he could step away from the role.' Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald is believed to be on the brink of stepping down as Clare hurling boss after the Banner panel indicated they wanted a change of management.

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The Clare squad gathered on Monday night in Ennis to review the year and although the decision to ask for a change at the top wasn't unanimous, it's understood that some members of the 2013 Liam MacCarthy-winning team were foremost in the heave.

There had been some unrest in Clare at how the highly-rated Paul Kinnerk was lost to Limerick only a year after rejoining the Banner set-up and while they captured the National League title this year, there is dissatisfaction at how the team has performed since 2013.

Fitzgerald, who has a year left to run on his current arrangement with Clare, is in the US on holidays this week but speculation intensified last night that he would step down as early as today.

Speaking about his future earlier this month, the former All-Ireland-winning goalkeeper hinted that he could step away from the role.

"I have another year's contract with Clare, we'll see what happens. I haven't even honestly thought about it, what I want to do," he said.

"I think that's only fair. I look back at what we've achieved with Clare, even over the last number of years and I'm proud of what the lads have done.

"I'm proud of the backroom staff, they've been brilliant. What we do from here, I'm not sure, but it's been a great spin."

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Since winning the All-Ireland the Banner have managed to beat just Offaly, Laois and Limerick in championship in three seasons.

They reached the All-Ireland quarter-final stage this year where they went down to Galway.

Fitzgerald patrolled the sideline that day having undergone heart surgery earlier that week.

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