Ger Loughnanne isn’t one to mince his words..
Writing in a column for the Irish Daily Star, Loughnane stated that Clare’s problems lies with the Fitzgeralds – both Davy, and his father, Pat. Although Clare won an All-Ireland in 2013 under Fitzgerald, Loughane remains critical, stating that the Banner’s greatest hurling generation have been squandered.
“The most talented generation of hurlers the county have ever had has been squandered. To me, the problem lies with the Fitzgeralds – Pat and Davy. Pat has been the main man in the county board for a long, long time and he’s done plenty of good work in the past and is still doing good things.”
“But I think he’s been there too long and has too much power. Change is always good and necessary. Too many people in Clare of great quality feel excluded.”
“Many within the county feel that Davy will be back after next year’s championship for a second stint as manager. Would that be a good thing? I don’t think so.”
“Davy has done very well with Waterford, Clare and Wexford, but a new voice and a new approach is needed. Things have just become septic in Clare.”
Fitzgerald currently trains his club team, Sixmilebridge, who are facing Éire Og Enn in the Clare Senior Hurling Championship next Saturday, September 14th.
Loughnane’s piece for the Irish Daily Star comes days after Gerry O’Connor stepped down from his role as joint-manager of the Clare hurling team. In Clare, it remains unknown whether Donal Moloney will continue without O’Connor.
At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation whether Fitzgerald will be ratified for another year as Wexford Senior hurling manager, as speculation continues to mount over the Banner man’s reappointment.
From a Wexford and Loughnane perspective, one could only hope that Fitzgerald isn’t eyeing up the Clare job once again.