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Dublin upbeat on Daly future

DUBLIN GAA chiefs will meet Anthony Daly in the coming days to gauge his interest in continuing as senior hurling manager and are hopeful of a positive reply from the Clare native.

Dublin's season ended in disappointment with relegation to Division 1B of the league and dispiriting defeats to both Kilkenny and Clare in the Leinster Championship and All-Ireland series respectively.

But the county board have intimated that they would prefer Daly (pictured above) to stay on for a fifth year.

"That process has started," chairman Andy Kettle told the Herald.

"We have made initial contact but haven't met yet, but hope to do so in the short term."

Daly himself has remained silent regarding his future and intends on meeting with his management team prior to making a commitment, but it seems a continuation of his tenure is highly likely at this juncture.

If however, he informs the board that he will not be going forward for another term, Kettle acknowledged that the appointment process to find a new man would be a matter of major priority for him and the rest of the Dublin executive.

"If he were to come and say -- and personally, I hope he doesn't -- that he had done his best and he wanted to let it lie, there aren't too many around who would be suitable for the job so we would have to initiate that process very quickly," he explained.

Several players have also expressed their preference that the hugely popular Clarecastle man stay for another year, although veteran defender Niall Corcoran admitted in the aftermath of the Clare defeat in Ennis that they may need to convince him to take the team again.