Saturday 22 October 2016

Wexford reveal Davy Fitzgerald's ambitious three-year target as new manager

Published 10/10/2016 | 09:29

Davy Fitzgerald Photo: Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald Photo: Sportsfile

The Wexford county board chairman has set new hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald an ambitious - but achievable - target as the ex-Clare boss starts a three year term.

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Fitzgerald, an All-Ireland-winning manager with his native county in 2013, walked away from the Clare job after the squad was divided in their support following another year where the team failed to reach Croke Park.

The legendary goalkeeper wasn't out of the inter-county scene for very long though, with Fitzgerald agreeing to take over the Wexford hurlers last Friday.

Outgoing manager Liam Dunne enjoyed an up-and-down tenure in charge of the Model County, achieving some notable scalps - beating Clare in 2014 and Cork this year most notably - but ultimately failed to achieve a level of consitency.

Fitzgerald will hope to make his mark in Leinster with Wexford, although overcoming Kilkenny and winning a first provincial crown since 2004 is a tough ask.

Speaking to RTE Sport over the weekend, Wexford county board chairman Diarmuid Devereux didn't talk about Fitzgerald winning All-Ireland or Leinster titles, but did give a realistic target for the new manager to achieve in the next three years.

“We’re number nine in the League," he said.

"We’ve had some good wins, but we want to move from nine up the ladder to maybe six, get into the top six and get into the shooting areas for titles down the road.

“The target is to move on the good work over the last five years and move us from number nine in the League to number six.

“If we could achieve that in three years, I think game on.”

Devereux also confirmed that Donal Og Cusack, who worked with Fitzgerald as a selector in Clare last season, won't be joining the new Wexford coaching ticket.

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