Sunday 21 January 2018

Sport needs giants - now more than ever

All great managers have an X-factor, it's what marks them out. That's why the news this week that Clare has found it necessary to engage the services of a PR maestro is so perplexing

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts to a decision by linesman Diarmuid Kirwan, during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship quarter-final between Clare and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary, back in May. Photo: Sportsfile
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts to a decision by linesman Diarmuid Kirwan, during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship quarter-final between Clare and Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary, back in May. Photo: Sportsfile

Eoghan Corry

One of Davy Fitzgerald's predecessors as manager of the Clare hurling team, Ger Loughnane, was once asked where the players would go for their annual team-building excursion abroad.

"Somewhere they know nothing about hurling," he replied, "Thailand or Tipperary."

It is easy to imagine the reaction of a practitioner of the dark arts of PR to that statement.

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