Saturday 25 February 2017

Status quo is positive for Limerick and Clare Newsdesk Newsdesk

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts during the game
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts during the game

The Limerick and Clare county boards have got it right by ensuring continuity in their senior hurling management teams for 2016.

Both TJ Ryan and Davy Fitzgerald deserve the chance to put things right.

TJ was within a puck of a ball of an All-Ireland final appearance in 2014 and while they struggled this year, keeping him on is the right decision for Limerick hurling.

Over the last number of years, there's been far too much chopping and changing on Shannonside.

Clare fans critical of Davy would do well to remember that he won an All-Ireland in 2013. Now that he's staying on, I'm sure Fitzy will look to freshen up his backroom team. His first port of call will be former coach Paul Kinnerk when he returns from his travels.

If I was Davy, I'd also look at bringing U21 manager Donal Moloney into the set-up, and groom him to take over. But given the talent in both counties, as seen during the week with those Munster U21 semi-final victories, they really need to push on at senior level next year.

Clare baffle me at times. I really do believe there's another All-Ireland or two in this bunch .

Why they haven't kicked on is a question that will dominate Davy's thoughts over the winter because there are teams left in this year's championship that don't have the depth of talent that the Banner have.

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