Davy Fitzgerald admits that he thought he was going to be appointed Galway hurling manager but insists he wishes Henry Shefflin and his players every success.

Kilkenny legend Shefflin was a surprise appointment by the Tribesmen on Wednesday after Fitzgerald had been heavily linked with the role.

"I got a phone call two weeks ago to have a chat," Fitzgerald told the Late Late Show. "I had one or two meetings with Galway.

"Maybe I thought I was going to go (there) at one stage but if it's not meant for you, it's not meant for you and you just move on.

"It just ended up where Henry ended up in the job.

"He's got a great bunch of players and best of luck to him."

Fitzgerald says he is now looking forward to a break after 14 consecutive years of inter-county management with Waterford, Clare and Wexford.

"Between playing and managing it's been 32, 33 years on the go.

"It's going to be a bit strange.

"Wexford was an incredible experience that I really enjoyed but put the feet up for a while, that's the way it's going to be."