Davy Fitzgerald has yet to make a decision on his future as manager of the Clare Senior Hurlers.
After a recent health scare Fitzgerald is concentrating on his recovery before considering his next move. The Sixmilebridge man was speaking at the launch of Bewleys Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice 2016 in Dublin at the weekend.
Fitzgerald told The Irish Examiner “I have another year’s contract with Clare, we’ll see what happens. I haven’t even thought about it or what I want to do. I think that’s only fair. I look back at what we’ve achieved with Clare, even over the last number of years and I’m proud of what the lads have done. I’m proud of the backroom staff, they’ve been brilliant. What we do from here, I’m not sure, but it’s been a great spin.”
“I’ve actually done nothing. I haven’t even gone to a hurling game, I’ve barely watched the TV. I’ve tried to play a little bit of golf and that’s been it. I haven’t even thought about it, to tell you the truth. I’m under strict instructions to take it easy, that’s the bottom line. But I’m grand. I’m actually happy to take a small bit of time. It’s no harm”.
Despite being away from the game for over a month, Davy admits that his interest in the game is still as strong as ever. “I love being involved and more than anything I love winning and being involved with winners. That’s why I’m very proud of what we have achieved because you take a county like Clare and sometimes some of our supporters lose the run of themselves. If you think about what we have done, I remember the previous 14 years before our management took over, I think we won one Munster League (Waterford Crystal) in 14 years. “We’ve won two promotions, two Munster Leagues, a National League and an All-Ireland”.
He added “I look at other counties that achieved success in the mid-nineties and they’re finding it hard to get back up. We’re the only county probably outside of Tipperary that has won in the last few years with the exception of Kilkenny, of course. We’re in a very small group that has achieved and I’m very proud of that. That will never change and I’m just going to take that small bit of time and just chill. It’s hard to believe that I’m saying that word ‘chill’ but that’s what’s going to happen over the next month or two anyway.”