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

Former Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly has described a "fascinating" meeting with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt which gave him a new perspective on management.

He met the national coach earlier this year and revealed that it was an eye-opener in terms of management style and delivery of key messages to players.

Speaking on Off The Ball tonight where the former All-Ireland winning caption was promoting his autobiography Dalo, he described the face-to-face chat with the rugby coach where they exchanged ideas and Daly admitted he was taken aback with the constructive criticism.

"I was six years into the job, we had almost won the All-Ireland the previous year and won our first Leinster in 52 years and I'm thinking I'm getting to grips with this thing," he said.

"Joe says 'give me a look at your clip chart there Anthony as you brought it in with you' and I did want to bring it in with me. He said to me 'where's your points?' and I says "here you are Joe, here are my 10 points."

Daly explained that he delivered the messages at the team hotel before departing by bus for their match, which had three and a half hours until throw-in. Schmidt was perplexed as to why Daly had numbered the points one to 10.

"To be sure I'd get them all in," was the honest response.

"How do you expect the players to remember them if you have to write them down?" the Kiwi asked the hurling boss.

The championship season turned out to be a massive disappointment for the Dubs. They lost the Leinster final by 12 points to Kilkenny and bowed out in the quarter-final stage after a 13 point defeat at the hands of Tipperary. Daly resigned in September but took a great deal from Schmidt's suggestions.

"For the rest of 2014 we made three points but I think I'll go back to 10 with the way the season went. It was fantastic to learn from Joe, a fascinating character."

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Daly suggested that it wasn't all one-way traffic when it came to ideas and believes the Ireland supremo may also have learned something from the meeting.

"He milked us too for plenty of info," Daly added. "Now he might not have used any of it but they might have been some nugget he picked up off us."


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