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"People need to give Davy a chance" Sean Michael O'Regan on new Déise hurling boss

Waterford county board chairman Sean Michael O'Regan has called on Déise fans to get behind new senior hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald.

The Clare man was ratified for two years, with the option of a third, in Dungarvan last night.

"People need to give Davy a chance, give the team a chance. Waterford county board are going to put in the most professional set-up that we can for the players and all are our inter county teams. Everybody needs to give Davy a chance and support the team as Waterford supporters do. I've no doubt we'll get the best out of what we have and hopefully that will bring the Liam MacCarthy back to Waterford."

He says that the Waterford players support the appointment. "Names were floating around and players have said 'that would be fine, I'd like to work under Davy.' There's been no issues with that. It was just a consultation, we didn't have meetings or anything like that. It was just bumping into players at matches. They heard all the names that were mentioned. When Davy's name was mentioned, they were quite happy."

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Fitzgerald's backroom team will be appointed at a later date. "There will be discussions with Davy and myself in the very near future. Whoever is part of the backroom team, we want it to be the most professional and best set-up. That's what we're going to aim for."

Kieran O'Connor and Brian Flannery will chat about Davy Fitzgerald's appointment on Lár Na Páirce from 6.10 on WLR.

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