Saturday 21 April 2018

Wexford say talks with Fitzgerald are 'ongoing'

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald has yet to decide on his future with the Model county.

Fitzgerald oversaw what was a dramatic season for Wexford, taking them to promotion to Division 1A of the National League, qualifying for a league semi-final, while also bringing the county to the provincial final against Galway, a fixture that attracted a record crowd of more than 62,000 to Croke Park, before bowing out of the championship race to All-Ireland finalists Waterford in the quarter-finals.

At this stage there are no indications from either side, with Wexford GAA officials remaining tight-lipped as to the Clare man's future. After Wexford's quarter-final exit, Fitzgerald was linked with a possible switch to Dublin but he's on record as saying that if he is to manage anywhere in 2018 it would be with the Slaneysiders.

Fitzgerald achieved all of the goals set for a three-year programme inside the opening six months, a remarkable achievement which leaves him in a strong negotiating position with the county.

However, county development officer Cathal Byrne has revealed that "negotiations are ongoing with Davy (Fitzgerald)", but would not elaborate further.

Byrne also revealed that the completion of the Ferns Centre of Excellence clubhouse has been put on hold due to lack of finance.

The centre was officially opened in October, 2015 by GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail in the presence of then county chairman Diarmuid Devereux.

On completion, the second floor is to include a gym, physio room, meeting room/utility room for players, along with a first aid area.

While Wexford received a €200,000 Sports Grant in 2015 towards these works, they have been unable to draw down this grant as the county is unable to produce matching finance to commence them by way of a bridging loan from the bank.



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