Anthony Daly drops out of the race to become Clare manager
Anthony Daly has withdrawn from the race to succeed Davy Fitzgerald as Clare senior hurling manager.
The two-time All-Ireland winning captain, who previously managed his native county between 2004 and 2006, made the decision to step aside yesterday afternoon in the interest of unity within the county.
It means that Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor are now likely to be ratified as joint manager at next weeks board meeting.
The managerial team guided the Banner to three successive All-Ireland titles from 2012 to 2014.
In a statement, Daly urged the Clare County Board to appoint the duo: "Ever since I left the Clare job in 2006, it was always my dream to go back and manage my county again," said Daly. "But I also believe that we need unity in the county now and I don’t want this to be a divisive contest with Donal and Gerry.
"They did a brilliant job with a lot of these players at minor and U21 level. They won three All-Ireland U21s in a row, which was a massive achievement.
"They are ambitious guys who naturally want the senior job now, and they are entitled to their shot at it. I can’t say that I didn’t get it once before, and maybe, who knows, I may have again. But at this stage, I feel it’s time for me to step back and let the two lads at it.
"After the last few months, I feel very strongly about the unity of Clare hurling, and ensuring that the Banner has total togetherness going forward. I don’t want any friction between clubs over a contest. I don’t want players to be in this camp, or that camp, and the potential fall-out that may have down the line."
Clare legend Seanie McMahon and former Cork keeper Donal Óg Cusack are expected to form part of their backroom team.
Meanwhile, Fitzgerald was last night confirmed as the new Wexford manager on a three year deal
He takes up the position just over two weeks after stepping down from the Clare job.