ANTHONY Daly is set to be formally ratified as Dublin senior hurling manager for a further two years at tonight's scheduled county board meeting in Parnell Park.
The Clarecastle man's future has been the source of frantic speculation in the capital since Dublin's dispiriting All-Ireland exit to Antrim but he has since agreed with the county board not just to see out the final year of his deal, but to extend his tenure into 2012.
Tipperary, meanwhile, will wake up as All-Ireland champions but not favourites to retain their newly-earned crown in 2011.
Bookmakers Boylesports have already installed Kilkenny at even money to reclaim Liam MacCarthy next year, while Tipp are priced at 13/8 to make it back-to-back titles.
Cats boss Brian Cody made no immediate commitment on his future yesterday, although he is expected to continue in his position for at least another season.
He will, however, face most of that season without Henry Shefflin who is certain to need cruciate ligament surgery after breaking down after just 12 minutes of yesterday's game.
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