Sunday 18 March 2018

Dónal Óg quits RTÉ to help coach Clare in 2016

Donal Óg Ó Cusack is to become a coach and selector for Clare
Donal Óg Ó Cusack is to become a coach and selector for Clare
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Dónal Óg Cusack has quit his job as an RTÉ pundit to become a coach and a selector with Davy Fitzgerald's Clare team in 2016.

The former Cork goalkeeper has also ended his club career with Cloyne to embark on his new project.

The three-time All-Ireland winner has praised the approach adopted by the Banner men, despite disappointing in the championship since their All-Ireland triumph in 2013.

Announcing Cusack's appointment, Davy Fitzgerald said: "I am delighted to welcome Dónal Óg, Aonghus (O'Brien, coach) and Jimmy (Payne, strength and conditioning) to the set-up.

"Their collective experience and expertise will further strengthen the already high-quality backroom team in place.

"Over the next few weeks, there may be one or two additions announced to the backroom team and panel. It is my intention to finalise the provisional panel at the end of January ahead of the commencement of the Allianz National Hurling League."

Cusack confirmed that he will no longer be a pundit on 'The Sunday Game'.

He said: "I am looking forward to the challenge and want to thank Davy Fitzgerald for the opportunity.

"Ahead of assuming my coaching position in Clare, I have met with RTÉ and following mutual agreement I have been released from my contract. I would like to sincerely thank RTÉ for the experience they have given me."

Irish Independent

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