Sunday 18 March 2018

Anthony Daly steps down as Dublin manager

Anthony Daly has resigned as Dublin hurling manager.
Anthony Daly has resigned as Dublin hurling manager.
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Dublin GAA has confirmed that Anthony Daly has stepped down after six years at the helm of their senior hurlers.

The former Clare wing-back star and manager brought them to Division One League glory in 2011, their first since 1939, and they went one better last year when they won the Leinster title for the first time in 52 years, beating Kilkenny in a semi-final replay and Galway in the final.

But there was disappointment this season when they suffered a heavy Leinster final defeat by Kilkenny and then bowed out to Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Dublin county board released a statement thanking the Clare man last night saying "We enjoyed some incredible days during his term.

"His loyalty to the cause, his expertise, his charisma and drive were key factors as Dublin climbed back up the rankings and moved forward from being one of the also-rans. Anthony leaves Dublin in a much healthier position having retained our Division 1A status earlier this year.

 "We wish to take this opportunity to thank Anthony and his management teams during his time for all their incredible work and dedication as well as the colour that his great personality brought to Dublin hurling," county secretary John Costello said.

"Dublin GAA wish Anthony and his selectors Ciaran Hetherton, Richie Stakelum, Shane Martin and the rest of his management team all the best for the future."

Last week Dublin selector Richie Stakelum said that Daly still has a "huge amount to contribute" to Dublin hurling should he decide to remain at the helm.

"You know Anthony, his heart is on his sleeve," the former Tipperary captain said.

"He doesn't hide. He was hugely disappointed and hugely frustrated. I'm sure Anthony after six years, is saying: 'What do we do?' If you stay on, do you make it worse? Can you make it better?

"Anthony Daly is 540 kilometres of a round trip away. He makes the decision. And it's a huge decision for him to make."

Daly had been linked to the Galway role, though has yet to be formally nominated. Mulholland bookmakers in Galway suspended betting tonight that Daly will succeed Anthony Cunningham as manager of the Tribesmen for the 2015 campaign.

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