The position of Dublin senior hurling manager currently remains vacant. But speculation grew this week when bookmakers, Boylesports, stopped taking bets on former All-Ireland winning Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy taking the reigns of the counties senior hurling team.
This speculation seemed far-fetched and has remained pure rumours over the last few days as the Dublin county board claim to have no idea where the bet’s on Gilroy circulated from.
The news on Pat Gilroy has sparked further talk on the role of the Dublin senior hurling manager and now former Galway hurling manager, Anthony Cunningham has expressed an interest in the vacant position.
Speaking to GAA Sunrise on Sportstalk.ie, Cunningham was asked about his thoughts on the position while expressing an interest in taking over the role vacated by Ger Cunningham;
“For me, I haven’t give any thought but I’m grateful that I have been mentioned”
“The Dublin hurling job is the ‘plum job’, no doubt”.
“There’s no denying that one would be interested in it, definitely”.
After expressing an interest in the job, the man who took Galway to two All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2015 identified a number of pros to Dublin hurling.
“They have good underage success. They have progressed hugely in the last ten years in the development of the game”.
“Ger (Cunningham) has had a difficult job. He took on a policy that he would bring new players in and that’s difficult to do in one season or two seasons”.
“For sure, they have skilful players. They will want to be boxing at a higher level because they are better then they have played this year”.
“Definitely, there is huge potential there. It’s a privilage to be even mentioned”.
The last few days has seen the rumors surrounding the position of Dublin hurling manager increase significantly. It is sure to kick off a more interesting winter than usual for hurling in the capital. The next appointee faces a big task to bring the Dublin hurlers closer to the top tier.
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