'If he was on Twitter he'd double Donald Trump's followers!' - Brendan Cummins on Davy's post-game rant
David Brady and Brendan Cummins have taken differing views on Davy Fitzgerald's post-match criticism of hurling pundits following Wexford's All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Waterford yesterday.
Fitzgerald took aim at critics of his sweeper system in his press conference following the defeat, naming Henry Shefflin and Michael Duignan as two analysts whose commentary has particularly irked him.
Speaking on today's episode of The Throw In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Tipp legend Cummins feels that Fitzgerald is trying to galvanise his team ahead of an assault on next season's championship.
"If he was on Twitter he would probably double the amount of followers that Donald Trump has," Cummins joked.
"He is building something in Wexford and this feeds into the siege mentality - the whole world is against the way we play, we'll show them that we are able to work this sweeper system. He is giving his players energy for when they come back in that this thing will work. You have to admire him for that."
In contrast, ex-Mayo midfielder Brady feels that Fitzgerald too often acts impulsively in front of a microphone and that he is hurting his squad with his outspoken comments.
"Davy needs to clear his mind before his speaks," Brady said.
"What people say about you is none of your business. He finds it tough when he loses but he should stick to his game and not be concerned by pundits. They don’t matter, but a lot of managers take it on board even though it’s irrelevant. Davy just can't help himself it seems."
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