Shane and Michael give their thoughts on Davy Fitzgerald’s post-match comments against Tipperary which seemed pointed towards Brian Lohan.
Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney feel that Davy Fitzgerald’s post-match comments on Sunday were a thinly-veiled dig at Brian Lohan.
Waterford played very well when taking sown a much-fancied Tipperary side at Semple Stadium, with the Sixmilebridge man feeling two bad halves across four games had cost them.
Stapleton says” “We can’t not revisit the comment where Davy said, ‘I’m in the job five months, you’d swear I was there five years. There’s other managers there three or four years and have won zero and are not getting half the hassle.’
“We looked at it, and who are the managers there three or four years?
“There are two managers, Darren Gleeson who I doubt he is talking about, and Brian Lohan who is manager of Clare. So it feels like a fairly pointed comment.”
Verney replies: “It does feel like a pointed comment, there’s no point in saying any different.
“If he’s asking the question about why Brian Lohan is not getting any criticism…”
Stapleton interjects: “He got plenty of it last year after Clare were hammered by Kilkenny.”
Verney: “Fair point, and he got plenty of praise after the Munster final, but there was plenty of criticism flying around after the All-Ireland semi-final.
“Clare seem united under Brian Lohan and he seems to be universally loved by nearly all.
“There was another comment Davy made after the Clare game which I thought was interesting to say the least: ‘the respect I have for the players is massive, and I wish the players all the best.’
“So there’s obviously a feud between Lohan and Davy which is well-know since the 2014 game between UL and LIT in 2014.”