Brian Lohan won’t back away from Clare ‘upset’

Brian Lohan has refused to back down from his call for a review of the performance of the Clare senior hurlers and their manager Davy Fitzgerald despite accepting he has caused ‘upset’ to some people.

Brian Lohan won’t back away from Clare ‘upset’

The legendary full-back stated last month that an independent committee chaired by Ger Loughnane should be put in place to assess the senior set-up after a disappointing two years since winning the All-Ireland.

Lohan was critical at the time of county chairman Michael McDonagh’s statement that there would be no debate on the future of Clare manager Fitzgerald.

The two-time All-Ireland medallist admitted that his views weren’t to everybody’s liking though he refused to withdraw them and even spoke of the ‘huge amount of controversy’ in the county this year.

“I called for two things really; number one was that there should be a review of where Clare hurling is at the moment and the second thing was that it should be an independent review, that someone from outside the county board should do it,” said Lohan.

“It upset a couple of people but I would stand by it. I think it’s needed, particularly with the way results have gone over the last two years.

“I suppose at the end of the day it will be the county board that will decide on this. I don’t think the clubs will be able to make the decision themselves. It’ll have to be driven by the county board.

“I do think it’s needed. I do think there was a huge amount of controversy that I don’t really want to go into over the last year and that needs to be addressed.”

In an interview with Clare FM ahead of his induction into the UL Sports Hall of Fame, Fitzgibbon Cup winning manager Lohan said it’s been a ‘disappointing’ two seasons for Clare.

“There’s no doubting the quality that’s there, just really great players in Clare. They’re the envy of hurlers all over the country. We have a couple of them inside in UL, just brilliant hurlers. But the last two years have been very disappointing, there’s no getting away from that.”

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