Anthony Daly has agreed to come on board the Antrim hurling set-up in an advisory capacity to new manager Neal Peden in 2019.
Peden was appointed as the Saffron county’s new hurling manager after joint bosses Terence McNaughton and Dominic McKinley stepped down. Peden will step up into the leading role having been part of the former regime’s backroom team.
Gary O’Kane was also part of the previous management team and has been named as a selector alongside Karl McKeegan and Jim Close.
Congratulations to Neal Peden who has been ratified as Antrim Senior Hurling Team Manager for 2019
Also assisting Neal will be :
Karl McKeegan Selector
Gary O’Kane. Selector
Jim Close Selector
Anthony Daly Advisor
— Antrim GAA (@AontroimGAA) December 3, 2018
Two-time All-Ireland winning captain, Daly returns to senior inter-county hurling for the first time in four years, having previously been in charge of Dublin where he guided ‘The Metropolitans’ to a first Leinster title in 52 years, as well as lifting a League title in 2011.
Since then, Daly has been in charge of Dublin club side Kilmacud Crokes who were defeated in this year’s Dublin senior final by Ballyboden, St. Enda’s, who in turn went on to reach the Leinster club final.
It is thought that Daly’s role as an advisor will be similar to that held by one Liam Sheedy in 2018. Sheedy worked alongside McNaughton and McKinley last year before accepting an invitation to return to the helm of his native Tipperary whom he won an All-Ireland with back in 2010.
Daly’s role will be to help bring Antrim back to the top table in hurling where history suggests they belong.
News of Daly’s appointment will be welcomed by Gaels in Antrim who have watched their county slide down the pecking order in recent seasons. ‘The Saffrons’ endured a difficult 2018 campaign which saw them relegated to Division Two of the Allianz Hurling League. Fortunately, a victory in a relegation play-off saw them narrowly avoid being demoted from the new second-tier Joe McDonagh Cup.