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Anthony Daly backs 'fanatical' Donal Óg Cusack to propel Banner to success

Michael Verney

Published 27/10/2015 | 02:30

Pressure has been mounting on manager Davy Fitzgerald and Daly believes Cusack’s expertise will prove invaluable
Pressure has been mounting on manager Davy Fitzgerald and Daly believes Cusack’s expertise will prove invaluable

Anthony Daly expects the appointment of Donal Óg Cusack as coach/selector to boost Clare's fortunes as they look to overcome a two-year slump.

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Since winning the 2013 All-Ireland with a young side, the Banner have failed to live up to those blistering performances.

Pressure has been mounting on manager Davy Fitzgerald and Daly believes Cusack's expertise will prove invaluable.

"The Clare players will be absolutely buzzing with the news. It's such an exciting time ahead for them," Daly told the Irish Independent.

"They'll have woken up yesterday, heard the announcement and probably went straight to the gym full of energy and optimism.

"He's an absolute fanatic, his attention to detail is outrageous and his hurling thought process is on a completely different level."

Daly has no issues with Cusack's lack of top-level coaching experience and praised Fitzgerald for making changes for 2016.

"He might not have huge experience but you can bet he has learned off every single coach that he's worked with," he said.

"The players would have wanted someone with a high profile and they've got it.

"Fitzy is clever enough to realise that he needed to freshen things up a bit. If it's not working, you have to change it."

The former Dublin manager acknowledged there are challenges ahead but he feels success is not far away.

"A lot of people are wondering if it'll work out because their personalities would be a little different but there's obviously been a level of compromise already," Daly said.

"It's a big leap into the unknown and he's going to be dealing with a totally different culture in Clare, which will take a bit of getting used to.

"People say there's no point in having kennels without pups, but we have both. There's the nucleus of a fabulous team there.

"These guys are coming into their prime and he's in a county with serious title prospects."

Irish Independent

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