Davy Fitzgerald could be poised for a return to the Waterford senior hurling manager’s job.
According to the Examiner, talks between the county executive and the ex-Clare goalkeeper have intensified in recent days.
His first managerial gig was with the Deise taking over from Justin McCarthy, leading them to the All Ireland final in 2008, their first in 45 years, and winning the county’s last Munster senior hurling title. The Clare man stepped down in 2011 and went on to win an All Ireland with his home county before coming to Leinster and leading to their first provincial crown in 15 years.
After Liam Cahill left for Tipperary it was thought Waterford may turn to Stephen Molumphy, but he’s understood to be sticking with Kerry.
Fitzgerald announced on Sunday he was leaving the backroom staff of the Cork camogie team.
We had previously spoken to Waterford legend about Davy’s tenure with the Deise where Dan gave an insight into his time under Davy;
“I think Davy brought another level of professionalism, we were not fit at the time, but he brought another level of fitness. Of course, you are going to get a response, Davy is a fantastic coach and manager. He could not lose whether we won the All Ireland or not.”
While quick to compliment Davy, he also pinpoints him as a reason for his retirement.
“I was not getting much game-time, in 08 I didn’t have the best year. I did not get much time in 09. Was there a place for Dan Shanahan, there definitely was. I thought I was good enough to start games, Davy didn’t, but there were a lot of games I took Davy out of holes.”
“I asked Davy what I have to do to get onto the team and he never answered me. He kept saying you must think of the team, there was no better man that thought of the team more than Dan Shanahan I can tell you that.”
Listen back to the full interview with Dan Shanahan below on The Clash Act :