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Davy Fitz: 'Give the man a break, we're going more like the Premiership every day'

Fitzgerald reckons plenty of praise for Waterford boss Derek McGrath.

Davy Fitzgerald has called on Waterford fans to be patient with manager Derek McGrath.
Davy Fitzgerald has called on Waterford fans to be patient with manager Derek McGrath.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DAVY FITZGERALD HAS called for greater patience with inter-county bosses and fears the GAA is becoming more ‘like the Premiership’ with the pressure being placed on managers.

The Clare boss found it hard to comment on the current scenario in Waterford where manager Derek McGrath’s preparations for the Munster championship by a halt to their training schedule as they seek to bounce back from league relegation.

But Fitzgerald urged Waterford fans to ‘trust’ McGrath and believes they have ‘a good man in charge’.

“It’s very hard to comment on it (training situation) because I don’t know the ins and outs of it but the only thing I am certain about is I really believe they have a good man in charge. I mean that very genuinely.

“They have got to stick with him and they have got to trust him. That’s my only message to them down there. They are very passionate about their hurling down there. Some supporters can get a bit impatient. I really think the players are very happy.

“I don’t think Waterford will be that bad. I think they’ll be good and they’ll be good going forward. Give the man a break, we’re going more like the Premiership every day. Want someone to blame all the time.”

Davy Fitzgerald with his team before the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Fitzgerald does not foresee Waterford’s preparations before their May 25th clash with Cork being hampered by the change to their training patterns.

“Ah no I think Waterford will be okay. They have worked very hard since last year. This time of year is all about sharpening up.

“You should have most of your work done more than likely within four weeks of championship. The base is there and I’m sure Derek will sharpen them up.”

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