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Davy Fitz Emotional As He's Asked About Future With Wexford

Davy Fitz Emotional As He's Asked About Future With Wexford

Davy Fitzgerald was a picture of emotion following Wexford's defeat to Tipperary in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

One the of major talking points following the game will be whether or not the Clare man will remain on as Wexford manager for a fourth season.

Last August, Fitzgerald was having doubts about staying on in a job which involves an arduous commute from his home in Sixmilebridge to Wexford's training base in Ferns. It took 11 Wexford players visiting him in Sixmilebridge to convince him to continue for this season.

Put to him by Sky Sports' Damian Lawler that it would be hard for him to leave the job considering the bond between him and the players, Fitzgerald fought back the tears.

"Yeah, I'm just fairly proud of them," he simply responded.

It was a game which Tipperary won despite being five points and a man down with 20 minutes to go following a red card for John McGrath.

"Listen, they were incredible," Fitzgerald said of this players.

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"They gave 110 per cent, you can't ask any more.

"It's funny, you often say a sending off could win you or lose you a game. It just probably worked against us a small bit. Tipp got a bit more space up front than they were getting, our half forwards weren't coming back looking for the ball as much.

"I was trying to get word onto to them to pull out but I suppose we had given 110 per cent. We had done so much running, I just didn't see it in the legs in the last five to eight minutes.

"They were probably getting it out a small bit easier than I would like in the second half. They didn't get it out in the first half, we were absolutely unreal.

"We were right there in the 73rd, 74th minute with a chance to win it. I'm wicked proud of the boys and I don't think they let the fans down. They gave 110 per cent.

"It doesn't matter what we say about us. You have to hand it to Tipperary, they never gave in. They scored some good scores at the end. They scored 1-28, fair play to them."

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