Thursday 19 September 2019

'The first ten years I got it so wrong it was unbelievable' - Davy Fitz gives honest view of early days as manager

14 July 2018; Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald prior to the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Clare and Wexford at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
14 July 2018; Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald prior to the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Clare and Wexford at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald says he got the first ten years of his managerial career 'so wrong it was unbelievable'.

Fitzgerald has been involved in inter-county management since 2008 after a lengthy and distinguished career as Clare goalkeeper, but was involved with training teams even before his playing days came to an end.

Currently in charge of Wexford, Fitzgerald previously managed Waterford and his native county, winning an All-Ireland on the Clare sideline in 2013.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Fitzgerald opened up on his early days in management, admitting that it took him a long time to learn how to get the best out of a team.

"The end result is everything isn't it? How do you achieve the end result?," he asked.

"I'm training teams 28 years. The first ten or 12 years I got it so wrong it was unbelievable. I thought my way was the best way. The way I played I thought was the best way. No.

"It's what gets the group you have over the line. What do you need to do? If you can get a group that will buy into the way you want to train, if they don't buy into that and start listening to the public outside of it, you're done. No matter what you say, you're done.

"But if you can explain it properly, explain the process, I think you have a better chance."

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Fitzgerald will return to the Wexford sideline in 2019, and will look to improve on his team's performance from last season, which saw them finish third in the Leinster championship round robin before exiting the All-Ireland race at the quarter-final stage following a defeat to Clare.

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