Friday 22 September 2017

'Social media critics forced my son Davy out of Clare hurling job'

Fitzgerald Snr believes social media critics pushed the 2013 All-Ireland-winning boss away from his post, and he also claims that many within the county were opposed to his son’s appointment. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Fitzgerald Snr believes social media critics pushed the 2013 All-Ireland-winning boss away from his post, and he also claims that many within the county were opposed to his son’s appointment. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Keyboard warriors forced the removal of Davy Fitzgerald as Clare hurling boss earlier this year, his father Pat has written in his secretary's report for the Banner county's GAA convention.

Fitzgerald Snr believes social media critics pushed the 2013 All-Ireland-winning boss away from his post, and he also claims that many within the county were opposed to his son's appointment.

The 45-year-old Banner legend stepped aside in September after rumours of player unrest and Fitzgerald Snr's report, seen by the Clare Champion, cites an online campaign as the source of his resignation.

"People turned to social media to have shots at the management and basically launch a campaign for change," Fitzgerald writes.

He adds: "While Davy had a year to run, he was swimming against the tide as a cohort of people, who never really endorsed his appointment, pushed the keyboards to stir up opposition to him seeing out his tenure.

"When some of the players indicated their wishes for change, he bowed out in a very dignified manner, thereby eliminating the possibility of acrimony, conflict and bitter division."

Fitzgerald Snr also urges some players to take a closer look at their own contributions.

"There are a small cohort of players that need to analyse their own performance and commitment over recent years," he writes.

Irish Independent

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