Davy Fitzgerald has announced his departure as Clare’s hurling manager.
Fitzgerald, who had been in charge since late 2011, guided the county to the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2013 but said it was in the best interests of the team for him to step down.
Speculation over his future had increased in recent days and Fitzgerald confirmed on Wednesday evening that he would not be seeking reappointment with the Banner County for the 2017 season.
“One of the greatest privileges of my life has been to manage the Clare Senior Hurling team and I am immensely proud of the success achieved during my time at the helm,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.
“After this year’s All-Ireland Quarter Final defeat to Galway, I was undecided about my future and I indicated as much to the players in the dressing room post-match.
“In the weeks that followed, I asked the Joint Captains to ascertain the opinions of the wider panel on whether they would like a change of voice.
“In light of the ensuing meeting and the divided opinions expressed by players, I have decided that it would be in the best interests of Clare hurling that I step down from the role of manager.
“I will cherish the memory of seeing so many happy Clare faces when in 2013 we won what was only the County’s fourth All-Ireland title and again in Thurles last May when we were crowned National League champions for the first time in 38 years.
“The Clare players were heroes on both days and it is my belief they will lift Liam McCarthy again in the near future.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to the respective backroom teams which have served alongside me for the past five seasons. It was a real pleasure to work with people of the highest calibre.
“I want to thank the Clare County Board for their tremendous support, Pat O’Donnell for his constant and generous sponsorship and support, and the players for being a key part of my life over the past five years.”