Friday 24 November 2017

John Mullane hails 'Jose Mourinho-style' Davy Fitzgerald but believes his management has a shelf life

John Mullane has compared Davy Fitzgerald to Jose Mourinho
John Mullane has compared Davy Fitzgerald to Jose Mourinho
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Waterford legend John Mullane has compared Davy Fitzgerald to Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.

The Clare native's arrival in the Model county has already yielded promotion to Division 1A of the National League, a first Championship win over Kilkenny in 13 years and a first Leinster final appearance since 2008.

Mullane compared Fitzgerald's ability to achieve success wherever he goes to the intense mangerial methods deployed by Mourinho but, like Mourinho, the success is short term.

"I've gone on the record before saying that he's a Jose Mourinho-type manager. He'll come in for a two-three year period, three years max, and he will get results," Mullane told The Throw-In podcast on Independent.ie.

"He'll get the best out of lads, he'll push lads and that was evident at the weekend against Kilkenny. Their fitness levels were through the roof, that was all done up in Ferns in October to December.

"He's just a natural born winner and he rubs off on lads."

Mullane played under Fitzgerald when he became Deise manager in 2008. Under his tenure, Waterford reached four consecutive All-Ireland semi-finals and won a Munster crown in 2010 and Mullane would love to see his former boss complete a 'clean sweep' by adding a Leinster crown to his enviable roll of honour as a coach.

"He's done everything in the game. There is only one title alluding him in completing a clean sweep in the game and that's a Leinster title," he added.

"He's won everything in the game with regards to Munster titles, league titles, Fitzgibbon Cups, Waterford Crystal Cups and here he is within 70 minutes of completing everything that you can possibly win within the game.

"For me, that's a remarkable record and the remarkable record of a fantastic GAA man."

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