Hurling

Friday 25 July 2014

Banner to consider probe into Anthony Daly row

Cliona Foley

Published 02/11/2012|05:00

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Clare hurling legend Anthony Daly and Stephen Sheedy of Clarecastle are shown involved in a fight with Kilmaley’s Niall Romer during the Clare minor hurling final at Sixmilebridge, Co Clare
Anthony Daly (in cap) and his former Clare teammate Stephen Sheedy in the scuffle with Kilmaley's Niall Romer

DUBLIN hurling manager Anthony Daly is not yet in the clear from the fracas which occurred at the Clare minor hurling final last weekend.

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The fact that he was not mentioned in the referee's report immediately gave rise to speculation that the former All-Ireland-winning county captain would escape any formal censure.

But it is understood that the Clare minor hurling board could yet order an independent investigation of the incident and that would involve questioning anyone known to be have been involved.

County boards can order separate investigations into disciplinary incidents if they deem them serious enough. And it is believed that senior officials within Clare -- conscious that photographs of the row between mentors were splashed across the national newspapers last Monday -- are particularly keen that the matter is shown to be properly investigated.

However, responsibility for the matter ultimately lies with the county minor hurling board, who received the referee's report on Wednesday. Both managers -- Clarecastle's Tom Howard (the new Kerry senior hurling manager) and Kilmaley's Niall Romer -- are believed to have been named in the referee's report.

Meanwhile, Clare football officials are set to unveil Kerry legend Mick O'Dwyer as the Banner's new football manager tonight.

A county board meeting has been brought forward from Tuesday to tonight in order to ratify the 76-year-old's appointment.

The decision to bring in the veteran Kerryman has not been unanimously welcomed, as some believe there were locals better placed to take over from Micheal McDermott.

But the announcement tonight that O'Dwyer's back-room team will include Clare's outgoing physical trainer Michael Cahill and former county player Ger Keane (Kilkeee) as well as Michael Neylon of Miltown Malbay is expected to assuage those who wanted a local manager.

In the fifth county that he has managed -- Kerry, Kildare (twice), Laois and Wicklow are the others -- O'Dwyer inherits a team that beat Limerick this year to reach their first Munster final in 12 years.

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