New Clare manager Donal Moloney believes that Donal Óg Cusack will continue to have a “profound impact” on the Clare senior hurlers, after the former Cork keeper agreed to remain coaching with the Banner County.
Moloney and Gerry O'Connor were confirmed as joint managers of the Clare senior hurlers on Tuesday night and the Scariff native spoke of the influence that Cusack has had on the players while working under the previous regime alongside Davy Fitzgerald.
"I think he has had a significant impact on helping them better themselves." - Moloney on Cusack
“He has a lot of experience from last year, working with the seniors, working with Davy,” said Moloney, speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland.
“He has a profound impact on the skill sets of some of the players. He brought a different perspective to the table when Davy brought him in last year.
“From speaking to some of the players, I think he has had a significant impact on helping them better themselves and that’s essentially the value that we saw that Donal would bring to the table.”
Moloney also explained how the joint-manager role would work, explaining that things get done quicker working alongside the like-minded O’Connor.
“It has worked pretty well all along,” said Moloney, who alongside O’Connor guided the Clare Under-21s to three successive All-Ireland titles from 2012 to 2014.
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“We work off the philosophy that we are a management team and anyone who comes in around us or has worked with us in the recent past would acknowledge and the guys that will come in to work with us again will find that they are an extension of that management team.
“It helps that we are able to cut through stuff a little bit quicker. We communicate quite a lot and we’re generally of the same mind and the same philosophy, so it works.”
Moloney also confirmed that Liam Cronin from Limerick, who has enjoyed a lot of success with Ard Scoil Rís, would also be a part of that management team, while strength and conditioning coach, Kelvin Harold, will also remain involved.