Friday 26 December 2014

Daly calls time on six-year reign as Dublin hurling boss

Jackie Cahill

Published 02/09/2014 | 02:30

Anthony Daly - who has been linked with a role managing the Galway senior hurling team - has resigned as Dublin boss. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Anthony Daly - who has been linked with a role managing the Galway senior hurling team - has resigned as Dublin boss. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Anthony Daly confirmed last night that he has stepped down as Dublin senior hurling team manager after six years at the helm.

Daly, 44, informed Dublin County Board CEO John Costello of his decision yesterday after taking some time out since the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat against Tipperary to consider his position.

Daly, who has been linked with the Galway post recently, presided over an Allianz Hurling League success in 2011 and an historic Leinster championship win last year.

He paid tribute to Costello, current chairman Andy Kettle and Gerry Harrington, who was chairman when Daly was appointed to the Dublin post in November 2008.

Daly also thanked the Dublin players who he has worked with in that time but felt that it was "time to cut the cord" and end his tenure.

Daly said: "Six years is a long voyage with any intercounty team but they flew by because they were so enjoyable and the lads were so committed."

Clare's 1995 and 1997 All-Ireland winning captain added: "I just wanted to give myself as much time to make sure that I was doing the right thing, and just to sound the lads out about what they were feeling.

"That's life - there's a certain lifespan in everything and I think it's the best move for everybody, for players and maybe management for a fresh approach to come in.

"There are still good players in there."

Daly informed Costello that he would have a decision for him over the weekend, after he spent time on holiday in Portugal.

Irish Independent

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