Ger Cunningham resigned as Dublin senior hurling manager today after three years in charge. During that tenure Cunningham had little success and unfortunately oversaw some turmoil. Now that he has left his post, we take a look at five potential candidates for the position.
Though the prospect of managing the Dublin hurlers may not be as appealing as it’s been in the past, the capital should be able to attract some big names.
Finance will not be an issue to cover the ‘expenses’ of an outside manager which opens many doors. The Dubs have proven to be fond of the outside choice in the past.
While Dublin hurling has hit a bump in the road, underage performances suggest there is still huge potential available.
Which also proves that there is men within the county capable of taking on the job. Could we see a native of Dublin take the job?
Let’s take a look at five potential candidates for the job.
1 Mattie Kenny
Mattie Kenny is not a native of Dublin, but would certainly have a tremendous knowledge of Dublin hurling. The Galway man has managed the Cuala senior hurling team for the past four years.
During this time Kenny has had great success winning two county titles, a Leinster title and of course an All-Ireland title last March. Kenny also possesses sufficient inter-county experience having served as a selector under Anthony Cunningham with Galway in 2012/13.
Mattie Kenny has expressed interest in the Galway senior hurling job in the past, perhaps he may see this as a stepping stone to that job.
2 Joe Fortune
One of the above mentioned candidates to have done good work at underage level with Dublin hurling. Fortune was in charge of the Dublin u21 hurlers between 2014-2016.
Though Fortune is a native of Wexford, he has worked with many of the current panel at u21 level. With the ongoing issues within this Dublin camp, perhaps approaching someone who has worked with many of these players in the past may not be the worst idea.
One factor which may work against Fortune is his lack of a high-profile name. However, neither Derek McGrath nor Micheal Donoghue had managed inter-county sides prior to their appointments, and both are doing magnificent jobs.
3 Eddie Brennan
Current Kilkenny u21 hurling manager Eddie Brennan is relatively new to the managerial career. That said, he has already captured an u21 Leinster title with the prospect of an All-Ireland still available.
Funnily enough, there aren’t many Kilkenny managers on the senior inter-county scene. With Brian Cody’s position unlikely to come up any time soon, this may be an ideal way for Brennan to gain some inter-county managerial experience.
Brennan would undoubtedly have the respect of the players with the majority of them having grown up witnessing Brennan’s goalscoring exploits. Could the eight time All-Ireland medalist make the trip to the capital?
4 DJ Carey
Staying in the marble city, DJ Carey is man quickly building a fine reputation as an up and coming manager. Carey currently manages the IT Carlow Fitzgibbon cup side.
Carey’s circumstances are similar to those of former teammate and potential candidate Eddie Brennan, if not more impressive. ‘The Dodger’ has guided IT Carlow to three third level league titles, while also reaching this year’s Fitzgibbon decider.
While he lacks the senior inter-county experience, DJ has certainly built up a fine reputation for himself as a manager. Recognised as one of the greatest players of all-time, could DJ Carey prove just as talented on the sidelines?
5 Anthony Daly
Judging from his commentary and punditry roles, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Anthony Daly would return to the capital.
We’ve seen managers return for second stints in the past, most recently Jimmy Barry Murphy returned with relative success to the Cork job. The despair at the state of Dublin hurling right now is clear to see with Daly.
Could he be lured back to mend the current problems within Dublin. He would most certainly have the passion, while the players are extremely fond of ‘Dalo’. Surely the Clare man could tempt back some of Dublin hurling’s prodigal sons.