Tuesday 13 November 2018

Daly would love a crack at Clare job - Corcoran

Ex-Clare captain and manager Anthony Daly. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Ex-Clare captain and manager Anthony Daly. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran believes Anthony Daly would jump at the chance to manage Clare once again.

Corcoran was responding to questions after Daly had distanced himself from speculation that he'd succeed Derek McGrath as Waterford manager.

And he reckons Daly, who managed the Banner for three seasons between 2004 and 2006, would love to take charge of his native county once more at some stage in the future.

"I don't know why. I haven't been talking to him about it really to be honest. I don't know, is the heart maybe firmly set on Clare? I'm not sure but Waterford is a kind of a gig where you've a good group of players there and something to work with there," he said.

"From being involved with Anthony over the years, I think he's a brilliant guy to bring a team on and develop a team and a style of play. I actually thought he would be a great fit for Waterford but look, he has other plans as well. Who knows?"

Corcoran was speaking at the launch of the 46th running of the Beacon Hospital Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Hurling Sevens on Saturday, August 18.

And after playing under Daly for Dublin as they won breakthrough league and Leinster titles, the Galway native has teamed up with Daly once more at club level with the former All-Ireland winning captain now at the helm of the Crokes hurlers.

However, Corcoran revealed he expects Daly to return to intercounty management at some stage in the future.

"I think he will. I think the appetite is there to do it. I don't know, I get the feeling he'd love to get another crack at the Clare job," Corcoran acknowledged.

"I think it depends, I'm not sure how long the two boys (Clare joint-managers Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney) are there with Clare but they're doing a great job so he might have to sit on his hands a bit longer."

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