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'I won't be watching the All-Ireland final, I'll be golfing or something' - Davy Fitzgerald

The Clare boss opened up in a season-long radio documentary by RTÉ.

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald.
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DAVY FITZGERALD WON’T be watching the All-Ireland final next weekend as he’d find it too hard to stomach.

The Clare manager is hurling mad but will keep himself occupied with other hobbies on the first Sunday in September as it would be “too feckin’ hard” to watch it live.

“I don’t want to see it. I’d rather the All-Ireland was over and then look over it again. I’d look over it again and then I’d start analysing it,” Fitzgerald told Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh on a RTÉ radio documentary that followed the Banner boss for the season.

“It’s very hard when you have a team that could be there and they’re not there. I will watch it I just won’t watch it live. It’s very feckin’ hard.”

Fitzgerald also voiced his disappointment with Ger Loughnane over his former manager’s comments in his newspaper column.

He felt Loughnane gave Galway plenty of extra motivation ahead of their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Clare when he called them “gutless” in The Irish Daily Star.

“It hasn’t helped that our own native Ger Loughnane has absolutely called them everything under the sun,” Fitzgerald added.

“He’s done it a few times, he’s done it with Kilkenny as well this year.

“It’s hard to figure out why he does stuff like that.

“I would be a bit disappointed. I’ll always have respect for Ger for what he’s done for us. But as Clare manager he hasn’t exactly helped me too much.

“And it does hurt because I would have had massive respect for him. Especially when he was in hospital even sick I would have texted him most Fridays.”

The Banner boss also discussed his health scare earlier this year, which saw him undergo minor heart surgery before the Galway game.

“I felt a tightness in the throat and I just had a feeling things weren’t right.

“So I rang the doc and we talked and we decided the best thing was to go straight to Galway. [They] did a few tests and they said things were all right but they weren’t that happy.

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“We had to get it sorted the next day. When you’re in that territory and you have a big blockage anything could happen.

“The one that annoys me though is I’m hearing this thing: ‘ah sure the way he is on the sideline and sure why wouldn’t he be that way’.

“Number one, it has very little to do with it. It’s just in my genes. That’s the main reason.

“Number two I’ll get that way on the sideline for a few minutes but I’ll get back down soon afterwards and I have that well checked. That is probably the most annoying thing I have to listen to all the time.”

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