Sunday 16 June 2019

Wexford squad want Fitzgerald for next season, insists Firman

Wexford's Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Wexford's Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Wexford's Conor Firman believes the squad want Davy Fitzgerald to return as manager for a third season.

The Clare native took charge of Wexford ahead of the 2017 season and guided them to promotion to hurling's top flight in his first year in charge while they also reached a Leinster final that year.

However, Wexford didn't hit the same heights in 2018 as they fell at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage for the second season on the bounce under Fitzgerald who left his future up in the air after they crashed out of the championship at the hands of Clare.

However, Firman insists the panel would love to see him back at the helm for the 2019 campaign.

"Ah yeah, I would like to see it," he explained. "I think the general consensus in the squad is that we would like to see him back, he has brought on Wexford hurling.

"In the league we have come on leaps and bounds, and I suppose last year we got to the Leinster final, so we are up there. We know we can compete with the top teams, so it's just about putting in a performance in on the day."

Firman will be in action on Saturday in the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 semi-final clash with Cork and was also on duty for the senior side as they went down to the Banner, who are just a game away from a spot in the All-Ireland final.

And Firman insists they are better than they showed that day.

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"We just seemed like we never got going for the thing," he recalled. "We were a bit slow to get going and we never really got the rub of the green either. Everything seemed to go against us and everyone found it difficult to get into the game.

"That's one thing we have to learn now from that, just how to perform and how to get a performance out of it. You need to perform on those days in quarter-finals.

"I think for the last five years we have got there, but failed to get any further, so that's one thing we need to be pushing on and get to a semi-final."

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