After Ger Cunningham departed as Dublin hurling manager in July, the hunt has been on for his successor. The Cork native oversaw the Boys in Blue for three years, a period which failed to hit the heights of the Anthony Daly era.
The county board launched a search to find the right man to return the Dubs to hurling’s top table, but this has taken longer than expected.
In recent weeks, it has been believed that it is a done deal that former football boss Pat Gilroy will take the job, with ex-Galway manager Anthony Cunningham coming in as an assistant.
However, Cuala manager Mattie Kenny is also in contention. The Galway native was a part of the Tribesmen camp when they reached the All-Ireland final in 2012, and he narrowly lost out to Mícheál Donoghue for the main job in 2015.
However, he has since led Cuala to back-to-back county titles, and an All-Ireland triumph last March.
Speaking to FM104 following the Dalkey club’s win over Crumlin last week, Kenny didn’t rule himself out of the running by any means.
“I know the county board are very busy, concentrating on the All-Ireland Football Championship. I’m sure in the coming week or two there’ll be some movement on that.”
As reported by the Irish Independent, there will be a vote tomorrow (Wednesday) evening to determine the new manager, with clubs deciding between Gilroy and Kenny.
Contrary to many reports, Gilroy is no shoo-in for the job, and with the two-horse race, Kenny’s hurling experience may appeal to voters.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we debate the new hurling structures, and chat to new Donegal football manager Declan Bonner.