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Davy Fitz sings praises of Donal Óg Cusack's punditry on The Sunday Game

“We wouldn’t have any great relationship, but the one thing I will say is, he is able to read it.”
Aug 1st 2013, 5:56 PM 6,123 4

THEY WERE OFTEN opposite numbers — and Davy Fitzgerald admits they weren’t always friendly — but the Clare boss admits he respects the work of Donal Óg Cusack on The Sunday Game.

The former Cork goalkeeper has been a welcome addition to RTÉ’s flagship GAA show this season.

And Fitzgerald, himself a former netminder for the Banner of course, says the Cloyneman knows how to break down a game for TV viewers.

“Some of the pundits that are commenting right, to just be sensational they will say stuff, but then you have pundits that are really good,” Fitzgerald said at Croke Park yesterday, as he prepares for an All-Ireland semi-final against Munster champions, Limerick.

“Myself and Donal Óg Cusack wouldn’t have any great relationship, but the one thing I will say is, he is able to read it. I would be more interested in hearing what he has to say because he tries to read the game.

“He has no agendas, he’ll call it as he sees it, so he will and different things. You have to nearly experience — he experienced management at club level probably — you have to experience this on both levels.

“Me as a player I might have though I knew it all, but I tell you, it’s an Atlantic Ocean of a difference when you are trying to manage 34 or 35 people, will you keep them all happy, you won’t. You try to get 90/95 per cent of them happy and have them on your side all the time.

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“Dalo is lucky like that in Dublin. The players, and I think you heard that after the Leinster final, were delighted they won it for him. They believed in what he was doing, so they did and that’s the big thing.”

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