Since Ger Cunningham has resigned as Dublin hurling manager, there has been great speculation as to a potential successor. The Corkonian left after an underwhelming three seasons in the capital, as the Boys in Blue look to make their way back to the sport’s top table.
Several names have been thrown about for the job, including Cuala’s All-Ireland winning manager Mattie Kenny and former Dublin football supremo Pat Gilroy.
However, another name that has come up time and time again is that of former boss, Anthony Daly.
Speaking at the launch of eir Sport pack yesterday, the Clare native stated that he has not been contacted, nor thought about the role.
“Nobody has asked me about it, only the media. Until someone picks up that phone… But I’d be driving myself demented looking at my mobile phone – ‘Did I miss any calls?’
“If you go back to that level you’d have to give up the media stuff and it’s nice, you can still have a very high level of involvement in the thing.
“I’ve done nine years of it (management). I’d like to have won an All-Ireland, that’s something I’d have to say that I would regret. It didn’t happen and look, I still enjoyed it all.”
Daly stepped away from his role with the Limerick underage set-up this year, and while this led to increased speculation as to a return to the capital, this was something that was planned.
The two-time All-Ireland winning captain went on to discuss the potential appointment of Gilroy, the former football boss.
“I haven’t a clue to tell you the truth. You wouldn’t doubt his capabilities of being a manager of any sort. He’d probably need a hurling coach!”
While Cunningham’s tenure will be deemed a failure, the former Rebels goalkeeper did manage to bring through a host of young talent, and this is something he will be remembered for.
“Ger has done an awful lot of spadework in terms of blooding lads.
“The Donal Burkes of this world and Fergal Whiteley and these lads probably came out of minor too soon but they had no option with what was missing.”
The Dublin county board now must find a suitable successor, and this may be time sensitive as an outsider would have to come to grips with the hurling landscape in the capital, as the county championship will be played out over the next two months.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, as we hear from Mícheal Donoghue and Derek McGrath as we reflect on the All-Ireland final.