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Friday 28 April 2017

'Disappointed' Shanahan fires parting shot at boss Fitzgerald

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dan Shanahan has fired a thinly veiled blast at Davy Fitzgerald by not endorsing him for another term as manager, as he confirmed his own retirement from the inter-county game.

Shanahan put the seal on a 13-year career with Waterford, something he had given a clear indication of in the immediate aftermath of a fourth Munster title success.

But he has followed the recent trend of other retiring Waterford players who also illustrated little or no love for Fitzgerald's management.

Paul Flynn and Dave Bennett were critical of the former Clare goalkeeper two years ago when they left the scene and, while Shanahan stopped short of stinging criticism, it was clear once again, this time in a Newstalk 'Off the Ball' interview, that he had been at odds with Fitzgerald.

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Pressed on whether he thought Fitzgerald should stay on, Shanahan didn't seek to offer any public backing. "That's not my decision, that's the county board. It's not about me or Davy Fitzgerald, it's about Waterford hurling," he said.

Shanahan is clearly hurt that he was not afforded more time with Waterford this season and revealed that his omission had never been fully explained to him.

"He (Fitzgerald) never came up to me and said why I wasn't playing.

"I was going well in training, but obviously the management didn't think I was. That's their decision and I'll have to live with that. I was disappointed with that. I thought I had more to offer, but they didn't think so," he said.

The 2007 Hurler of the Year believes Waterford's game plan was too easy to read. "I think Tipp were definitely better on the day and they knew our tactics. It's hard to play against a team who know what's going to happen."

Irish Independent

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