Thursday 8 December 2016

Short memories in Clare setting odd dynamic

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

10 January 2015; Brian Lohan, University of Limerick manager. Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round, Cork v University of Limerick, CIT GAA Grounds, Bishopstown, Co. Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
10 January 2015; Brian Lohan, University of Limerick manager. Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round, Cork v University of Limerick, CIT GAA Grounds, Bishopstown, Co. Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Brian Lohan remains unyielding in his call for an independent review "of where Clare hurling is at the moment."

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He would like that review to be performed under the chairmanship of Ger Loughnane.

Both Lohan and Loughnane seem to be of a view that, two years after delivering only the fourth senior All-Ireland in the county's history, their old comrade Davy Fitzgerald is not the man to be leading Clare's senior hurling team.

Is this not all a little odd?

Only Brian Cody has a better managerial CV in recent times than Fitzgerald who, 23 short months ago, was broadly credited with a tactical nous that had changed the very terms of engagement in Championship hurling. Now, it seems, there's a symphony of discord building against him.

Message boards have been especially hostile towards Fitzgerald, who is entitled to wonder about the short memories of his critics.

Clare have won four All-Ireland U-21 titles in the last six years and collected the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2013 when nobody imagined they were even contenders. Yet Lohan and Co want to know where Clare hurling "is at" today.

A better place than they've ever been is surely the obvious answer.

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