2013 All-Ireland Winning Hurling Coach and past Clare goalie Davy Fitzgerald has issued a statement about the 2015/16 Clare hurling management team.
The changes include:
- Senior and extremely successful u21 coach Paul Kinnerk will be taking a year out from managing Clare teams at either level. (Clare beat the Wexford County in the Under-21 decider last weekend to seal a three in a row at that grade.)
- Mike Browne who played a small role last year has been promoted to a selector role and has replaced Mike Deegan who was a selector, and he will remain to be involved but on a smaller scale.
- One of Davy Fitz’s main coaches Joe O’Connor is also taking a step back from his role as Strength and Conditioning coach but will be involved behind the scenes
Davy also said
“When sitting down to talk about 2015, our management team faced a number of challenges, not least putting everything into place to get Clare hurling back to Croke Park and winning a senior All-Ireland over the next three years,”
After having a disappointing 2014, the All-Ireland champions exited their campaign to regain All-Ireland champions status by losing to Wexford in the All-Ireland hurling Championship in round one of the qualifiers after a Munster semi-final defeat to Cork.
Continuing on all matters that may arise with Clare hurling he began to discuss Podge and Seán Collins’ decision to commit to football in 2015.
“We have no issue with that, except of course we’d love to have him with us. We tried to accommodate the dual player in 2014 and it did not work for either part in our opinion, player or management. This was not the reason we did not win a Munster or All-Ireland championship, we are well aware of that. However, it was one of many factors.
It really is a family affair for the Collins family in 2015, Podge and Seán Collins’ will be and have been trained by their father Colm Collins. Clare will be playing in Division 3 of the National League and lost to All-Ireland finalists Kerry by just 4 points in the Munster Senior Football Semi-Final.