Sunday 19 November 2017

Davy Fitzgerald reveals he turned down Wexford job twice before agreeing to take over

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DAVY Fitzgerald has revealed that he twice turned down Wexford’s advances before agreeing to become their senior hurling manager.

Speaking today at the launch of this year’s Allianz Hurling Leagues in Croke Park, the Clare native explained that the repeated overtures of Wexford county board chairman Diarmuid Devereux finally convinced him to take over the Model county for two years.

The Sixmilebridge native said that he had “more or less indicated,” to the Clare squad that he would step down after four years in the role following Clare’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Galway last July, having won both a Liam MacCarthy Cup and last year’s League title.

“I was very unsure,” he explained.

“I felt that I really needed a breather.  I spent a lot of time thinking about it.”

In September, he officially resigned after gauging the mood of the squad and fully intended to take a step away from the inter-county scene until Wexford’s advances persuaded him otherwise.

“I met the Wexford chairman,” he explained. “And the enthusiasm was unreal.

“Even though I said no to him twice, he came back to me a third time.

“That enthusiasm, it got into my system. So the break I thought I was going to have, it didn’t happen.”

Wexford will play in Division 2 of this year’s Allianz League and Fitzgerald was keen to temper local expectations.

“It’s grand saying I’m coming in and X, Y and X is going to happen.

“I’m just being realistic. I don’t know the players inside out. I’m getting to know them.

“But the one thing I can see is their desire to win is fantastic.

“And what I can strive for is that we’re really competitive.”

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