Ger Cunningham has stepped down as manager of the Dublin senior hurlers after three years at the helm. The Cork native took the reins at the start of 2015, but failed to push on from, nor indeed hit the heights of the Anthony Daly era.
A quarter-final loss to Waterford in 2015 was as good as things got for the St Finbarr’s clubman, as the Boys in Blue exited in the qualifiers the past two seasons.
A harrowing loss to Tipperary two weeks ago signalled the end of his stint, as talk now picks up as to a successor.
In a statement via the county board, Cunningham thanked announced his departure from the role.
“Following on from recent discussions with the Dublin County Board, I wish to confirm that we have agreed by mutual consent not to extend my role as manager of the Dublin senior hurling team beyond 2017.
“There has been a lot of speculation about different aspects of Dublin hurling over the last few months. For the record every decision that my backroom team and I made was always in the best interests of Dublin senior hurling.
“Furthermore, Dublin hurling supporters should be in no doubt that this group of players have massive desire to represent Dublin and possess huge dedication and commitment to their county.
“As I leave the position I would like to wish my successor the very best for the future.”
The full statement can be read here.
Cunningham must be praised for bringing in a young generation and giving them experience at the top level.
With a Leinster minor and u-21 double in 2016, as well as an u-17 Leinster triumph this year so far, there is plenty to be optimistic about for Dublin hurling supporters in the coming years.