Wexford GAA chairman Derek Kent has opened up on the Davy Fitzgerald situation in a recent interview with Michael Verney of the Irish Independent…
At the moment, Davy Fitzgerald is enjoying some down time in America ahead of his wedding next month. He’ll be back in Ireland next week, and Wexford’s chairman Derek Kent has plans to speak to the Clare native upon his return:
“When we got beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final, I told Davy, ‘I’ll talk to you in six weeks, take a breather’. The six weeks are up this week. I got off the phone to Davy an hour ago, he’s in America and I said, ‘You’re home at the weekend, we’ll have a chat’,” Kent told Verney.
After last year’s Leinster final success, Kent, and almost all of Wexford are seeking the reappointment of Davy Fitzgerald as they are hopeful that the Yellowbellies have unfinished business under the Banner man. The Model County were agonisingly close to an All-Ireland final date, having lost out to the eventual All-Ireland champions Tipperary by two-points in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Lately however, there has been reports – and maybe even rumours – that Fitzgerald could be heading to the West to manage the Galway Senior hurlers. When questioned about other inter-county sides’ attempts to lure the Clare native, Kent replied ‘who wouldn’t want Davy Fitzgerald…’
And although Kent is sure that Davy wants to manage Wexford, he’s not overly optimistic about attaining his signature for another term, stating that the commute, his energy and his welfare are concerns. Due to these concerns, he’s only 50-50 on Davy coming on board again with the Wexford hurlers:
“My realistic hopes are 50-50 that he’ll be with Wexford next year but we came from the second tier to the top table and we’re nearly at the head of the table now. There is more in this team under Davy.”
Wexford fans remain hopeful that Fitzgerald will be at the helm again for another year, but this doesn’t make for such good reading. Should Fitzgerald decide not to take over the Wexford hurlers for the upcoming year, we’ll need a manager of similar ability coming in to advance Wexford to the next level.
It is expected that Fitzgerald will decide his future this weekend.
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