Waterford hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald has distanced himself from rumours that he will take over the reigns from Ger O’ Loughlin at the helm of the Clare Senior Hurling Team.
The rumours broke as Fitzgerald prepares for Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final against current All-Ireland champions Tipperary.
Fitzgerald is one in a number of names to be suggested for the post with the likes of Clare’s U-21 boss John Minogue and outgoing senior selector Danny Chaplin also reportedly in the running.
However, the Clare native dismissed the rumours and confirmed that helping the Deise county to secure back to back Munster hurling titles is the only thing presently on his mind.
Asked if he would consider applying for the Clare job, he told the Irish Daily Star: “I couldn’t even think about that. I am with Waterford and I have a job to do.”
The former All-star and Clare goalkeeper was given a further one-year term by the Waterford County Board following his Munster success last year and is determined to fufill this role to the best of his ability.
“That’s all that I am thinking about at the moment”, Fitzgerald said.
The legendary goalkeeper was announced as Waterford manager in June 2008. Since then he has guided the Déise to the Munster title last summer, and they have appeared in an All-Ireland final and three semi-finals.
Fitzgerald has plenty of experience working under Ger Sparrow O’Loughlin, whose decision to step down was announced yesterday, as the former goalkeeper was a part of the successful Clare team of the mid-1990’s who won two All-Ireland titles under O’Loughlin.
“‘Sparrow’ took on a tough job (with Clare) and I think he did a fair job. And the man who follows him will have a tough job too,” added Fitzgerald, whose father Pat is the long-serving Secretary of the Clare County Board.
“That is still a very, very young Clare team and people have to realise that success doesn’t come automatically just because players did well at minor and U-21 level. “
Fitzgerald’s Waterford charges will meet Tipperary in Pairc Uí Chaoibh tommorrow afternoon, Sunday as they attempt to lay down the challenge for this year’s All-Ireland Championship by securing a Munster title for the second year in a row.
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