Donal Moloney made light of Ger Loughnane's criticism of the Clare hurlers after yesterday's victory over Kilkenny.
Loughnane blasted the style of hurling the Banner have played since winning the All-Ireland five years ago in his newspaper column last Friday, adding that Clare hurling is "like communism behind the Iron Curtain".
But joint-manager Moloney shrugged off the criticism when speaking to the media after his side's 2-18 to 1-18 victory in Nowlan Park.
"In Clare, we'll be forever indebted to Ger Loughnane because of what they did in the 1990s," he's quoted as saying in the Irish Daily Mirror.
"He's also a figure who's admired by this team. He would have regularly spoken to the minors and U21s. Ger has his ways of operating.
"Sometimes you've got to stand back and look at it and be objective and say he has got some good points. Some of the stuff I don't agree with it. Some of the phrases and some of the descriptions I think are inappropriate, but that's Ger.
"The players know Ger and they like him. If they met him, they would probably have a bit of a slagging match with him."