Shane, Michael and Tony Considine review the Munster hurling championship clash between Waterford and Clare, with a focus on Davy Fitzgerald.
Tony Considine feels that the buck stops with Davy Fitzgerald for Waterford’s shocking Munster SHC campaign in 2023.
The Deise are out of contention before they play their final round-robin clash against Tipperary on May 28, with a scoring average of just 0-17 in their opening three games.
Considine and Fitzgerald were in the trenches together during Clare’s glory days of the 90s, but their relationship soured over time.
The latter is in his first season of a second term in charge of Waterford, and they have looked desperately out of sorts since a strong showing in their first outing against Limerick.
After discussing the many issues with the latest showing in Thurles against Clare, host Shane Stapleton asked if the blame lays with Fitzgerald.
“Well, he’s the manager of the team and, when the team don’t perform, I’m sure he would take responsibility for it – I don’t know whether he does or not, but you have to take responsibility,” says Considine.
“We were all in managers’ seats and things like that and when your team… it’s okay when maybe two or three of your players don’t perform, there isn’t much you can do about it, and you can have that in any given day.
“Maybe a young lad won’t perform, maybe it’s nerves, whatever.
“But maybe when 15 of them don’t perform, that’s serious. That’s something back to the management of the team.
“Whether that’s the physical trainer, the strength and conditioning man, or the nutritionist or whatever… It’s back to somebody.
“The responsibility and the buck always stops with the manager.
“The manager is responsible for the team going on the field, and they have to perform. Now, Waterford are not performing.
“They have good players and I named three of them in the full-forward line (Austin Gleeson, Stephen Bennett and Dessie Hutchinson).
“If you had a full-back line against them, you’d be saying ‘you have to be alert today’s lads; if they ball comes in around here, the lads will finish any chance at all’.
“But they way they played, they could just not do that at all.”
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