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Dublin county board to decide on hurling boss early next week


IN THE RUNNING: Kilmacud Crokes boss Anthony Daly
could be set for a return to the Dublin job. Pic: sportsfile

IN THE RUNNING: Kilmacud Crokes boss Anthony Daly could be set for a return to the Dublin job. Pic: sportsfile

IN THE RUNNING: Kilmacud Crokes boss Anthony Daly could be set for a return to the Dublin job. Pic: sportsfile

The Dublin county board are set to decide on a new senior hurling manager early next week.

It had been anticipated that an announcement would be made this week although it is understood that the sub-committee charged with making the appointment are still deliberating over their options.

Initially, the management committee had hoped to have a new man in place after the Dublin SHC final between Kilmacud Crokes and Ballyboden St. Enda's on Sunday, October 21st.

However, that game went to a replay, which 'Boden won last Sunday.

With Crokes manager Anthony Daly one of the candidates, the county board held off on meeting each of the interested parties until earlier this week.

Daly, who wouldn't be drawn on whether he was interested before or after the county final, has been tipped in recent weeks to take up the role he held between 2009 and 2014 for a second stint.

Speaking after last Sunday's defeat, Daly admitted it was "very hard to lose them but sure, we have it lost and you just have to move on and think about what comes next for Crokes."

Mattie Kenny, who was initially deemed the favourite to take over, is also still in the race. Having been linked with the Waterford job earlier this year, Kenny was one of two candidates considered by the Dublin county board for the job this time last year before Gilroy was appointed.

Since then, he has gone on to manage Cuala to a second All-Ireland club title although their remarkable run of success came to an end in this year's Dublin SHC quarter-final when they lost to Daly's Crokes team.

Having spent so much of the past five years based in Dublin, Kenny has an intimate knowledge of the local scene through his involvement with Cuala.

He also has an existing relationship with the potentially large number of Cuala players who are likely to be called into the 2019 Dublin squad.

Anthony Cunningham, under whom Kenny with worked with Galway in 2012 and '13, is also still in the running.

Cunningham was part of Gilroy's management team this year and drew praise for his coaching work with the team.

He has been present in Parnell Park in recent weeks as the Dublin SHC wound to a conclusion. However, despite attempting to persuade the rest of Gilroy's back room team to stay on with him, it is understood that some of that group have indicated they will not be going forward into any new regime.

Dublin begin their 2019 Walsh Cup campaign against Carlow on December 9th.

p Ballyboden St Enda's Leinster club SHC quarter-final with Wesmeath champions, Clonkill, has been postponed.

A statement from Leinster Council released last night revealed the game would "not be going ahead due to a tragic bereavement," in Clonkill and would be refixed.

Joe Fortune's team were set to take on the Westmeath champions who coincidentally, were the last side 'Boden beat in the Leinster club Championship back in 2011.

The match will now go ahead on Tuesday instead, with the throw-in time to be confirmed by Leinster Council.

The winners of that game will take on either Coolderry - this year's champions of Offaly - or Mount Leinster Rangers, the Carlow team who contested the 2014 All-Ireland club final after beating 'Boden in their successful Leinter campaign.

Should 'Boden progress on Tuesday, they would be entitled to a home venue against the winners of that game on Sunday, November 18th.