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The soul searching ahead for Clare and Waterford's need to push more players forward

Kilkenny All-Ireland winner Eddie Brennan reflects on yesterday’s quarter-final action.

Waterford boss Derek McGrath and Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald
Waterford boss Derek McGrath and Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald

THE CLARE HURLERS are at ‘a big crossroads’ and Waterford’s system is like ‘driving the car with the handbrake on’.

That’s the view of Kilkenny All-Ireland winner Eddie Brennan who believes there are question marks over both Munster counties in the wake of yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Clare’s exit at the last six stage will result in ‘some soul searching’ in the Banner County over the winter.

“It’s very frustrating for them,” Brennan told RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland programme. earlier today.

“I think there will be some soul searching done over the next few weeks.

“When the dust settles, I think the questions is going to be asked, ‘Where do Clare go from here?

“I’d imagine pressure will come on Davy from within his own county. He has had five years at the helm now.

“They have had some success, but I suppose there are a lot of people in Clare who would feel they would love to get their hands on those guys.

“Davy and Donal Og I’m sure will sit down and decide what they will do. They won’t want to step away from that.

“Certainly, they are at a big crossroads in Clare.”

Meanwhile despite their victory against Wexford yesterday, Brennan feels Waterford must utilise their attack more if they are to progress further with a semi-final date against Kilkenny looming on 7 August.


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“Yesterday was just a very frustrating game to watch, when you look at the wides they clocked up and the possession they had. I just think this Waterford system, to me it’s like driving the car with the handbrake on.

“While Derek McGrath has invested in the system and I feel he probably cannot change it mid season now because it would just unsettle the whole camp.

“But I certainly think they possess attacking quality that they could just let those boys go at it. To me, Austin Gleeson I’d be playing him further up the field.

“Push up the field, you can’t win matches with just one forward inside the opponents ’45. It’s hard to see them taking Kilkenny but it’ll be an interesting match.”

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