Davy calls for U-turn on league and club competitions

September 30, 2020

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald celebrates. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Davy Fitzgerald wants the GAA to “revisit” the decisions to scrap the latter stages of the Allianz hurling leagues and provincial club competitions.

Speaking to RTE.ie, the Wexford manager described the call to cancel the quarter-final and semi-final stages of the league and parachute Limerick and Clare into a decider as “premature”.

“I 100% believe that it's not the right way to do what they've just done.

“We're still in the National League, we lost one game, we're in the quarter-final and we're there on merit. 

“I just think it was premature to do what they did and I don't think it's the right call. I don't think you can just pick two teams and throw them into a league final.”

He added: “I'd like them to revisit it. My thing is instead of maybe playing a Walsh Cup or playing something next year before the League, is take two or three weeks and play that off. I think it's important to finish out.

“If you start a competition a certain way, you can't change in the middle of a competition is my honest view. And I know the year that's in it, I accept all that.”

After coaching Sixmilebridge to Clare SHC success last Sunday, Fitzgerald has a similar view on the Munster Club SHC.

“I definitely think it's worth revisiting. If they get space in January and February, to run the Munster club would probably take three weekends to run off.

“If they can do it, I do think every club would appreciate the chance. It’s a long-standing tradition. I know that times are tough, but it makes it all the better if we can get through it.

“I believe that with every competition, if we can try and fit it in, I don’t believe in shortening it or anything like that.”

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