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Jamesie O’Connor backs Anthony Daly to return to Dublin fold

Anthony Daly

Jamesie O’Connor has backed Anthony Daly to take charge of the Dublin hurlers for a second time after another early championship exit for the Dubs.

Dublin were on the verge of advancing to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals after beating Wexford in the Leinster Championship, but the Slaneysiders’ victory against Kilkenny on the final day saw Mattie Kenny’s side miss out.

The Dubs have enjoyed some moderate success under Kenny, as they reached the Leinster final and All-Ireland quarter-finals last year, although they have struggled with consistency despite claiming some big scalps.

Clare great Jamesie O’Connor suggested in his column for Sky Sports that a change may be needed in Dublin and suggested that Daly could be the man to take over.

Jamesie O’Connor on who should take the reins at Dublin.

“Given the way Dublin’s championship campaign petered out, there may be a change coming in the capital. Mattie Kenny has completed four years at the helm. There is a life cycle in everything,” O’Connor wrote.

“Perhaps the players and the county board might feel that Kenny has taken them as far as he can, and maybe it’s time for a fresh voice. Who could take over remains to be seen. Anthony Daly might be in the mix.

“Dalo has never lost that grá for Dublin. He has the charisma. Whether he has the appetite for the commute and all that goes with the job, I don’t know.

“It’s a big call. John Costello and the powers that be in Dublin have a significant decision to make.”

The Clare man spent six years in charge of the Dubs.

Daly has no shortage of managerial experience, as he took charge of his native Clare for three years, while he managed Dublin for six years.

Dublin won major silverware for the first time in decades under Daly, as they won Division One of the Allianz Leagues in 2011 before winning the Leinster Championship in 2013.

The Clare native finished up with Dublin in 2014, although he has stayed active in the hurling scene in the county since then, as he also managed Kilmacud Crokes for two years.

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