Sunday 4 December 2016

Mixed reaction on social media to Davy Fitzgerald stepping down as Clare boss

Published 21/09/2016 | 21:22

'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 announced on Wednesday night that he would not be seeking reappointment as Clare hurling manager.

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Fitzgerald cited ‘divided opinions’ in the team’s dressing room in a statement to signal the end of his time with Clare, and there has been differing responses to the news on social media.

In his first league campaign at the helm in 2012, Fitzgerald guided the Banner to promotion from Division 1B, having lost in the final to Limerick.

In the subsequent Championship, Clare were undone by Limerick again at the third qualifying round.

The following year, however, Fitzgerald steered his home county to All Ireland glory for the first time since 1997 as they beat Cork by 5-16 to 3-16 in an astonishing replay.

Clare’s title defence was an utterly forgettable one as they were eliminated at the Round 1 qualifying stage after another replay, this time with Wexford.

They didn’t fair much better in 2015, losing the Munster quarter final to Limerick before going out at hands of Cork in the Round 2 qualifier.

Fitzgerald helped Clare to a first league title since 1978 in May by beating Waterford in a replay of the final.

Clare were knocked out of the Championship by Galway at the quarter final stage this year, with Fitzgerald undergoing minor heart surgery just a week beforehand.










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