Members of Dublin’s County Board are hoping to meet with hurling manager Anthony Daly early next week to ascertain whether he intends to remain with the team.
Daly is taking time to consider his future after a desperately disappointing 2012 campaign came to an end at the hands of former Clare comrade Davy Fitzgerald. Last year’s league champions endured a horrendous league and were relegated from Division 1A. The feeling of gloom surrounding the team was exacerbated when they were mauled by Kilkenny in the championship. Daly was inconsolable after the Dubs were knocked out of the championship ten days ago but county chairman Andy Kettle has publicly backed the beleaguered manager and is hoping he will commit to another season in charge.
“We did say in the immediate aftermath of the Clare game that it would be two to three weeks. We’ll let this week go and after the Meath Dublin match, I would see us making contact. One way or the other, we’ll need to meet him. If he’s not coming back, and I hope he is coming, we’ll need to start looking. The longer you leave it, it’ll be harder to get someone,” said Kettle.
He also believes that Dublin can turn around their disappointing year and that Daly is the man to lead that transformation but that players need to subscribe to the management team’s vision, whoever is in charge.
“Something went wrong from the previous year and that’s a wrong that needs to be corrected. Anybody who buys into the correction should be part and parcel of next year’s squad. Again the players, some of them have been on the road for quite a while, they need to sit back and assess their lives. We wouldn’t see the panel being significantly different next year but that’s down to individuals,” he added.