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There's been no approach from Dublin - Ger Cunningham


Ger Cunningham

Ger Cunningham


Ger Cunningham

CORK hurling legend Ger Cunningham has revealed that he has not been approached by the Dublin County Board concerning the vacant position of senior hurling manager.

Cunningham is one of a number of high-profile names linked to the post which became available after Anthony Daly opted to stand down after six years in charge.

The likes of Tipperary's Nicky English and Liam Sheedy have also been linked with the job, but Cunningham insists he hasn't spoken to anyone about the possibility of taking charge.

"There's been no approach," said Cunningham, who was reluctant to be drawn any further on the post.

Cunningham has extensive coaching experience. He was part of Jimmy Barry-Murphy's management team that helped Cork reach last year's All-Ireland final before stepping down.

The goalkeeping legend was also heavily linked to the Limerick job last winter and has taken charge of the UCC Fitzgibbon Cup team for the coming campaign. He also helped Ballygunner to a Waterford SHC title.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle has already stated his preference for someone to take charge for a three-year stint as they look to build on the progress made under Daly.

And having been part of last year's All-Ireland final replay, Cunningham reckons the three-week break won't be too difficult to manage for Tipperary and Kilkenny.

"Both teams will be delighted with the opportunity to go again," he said at a promotional event for the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U21 final. "Obviously it was a marvellous game of hurling, it was a real great contest and both teams deserve another chance at it.

"Both teams would be disappointed if they had lost it.

"I suppose they'll get their heads around it and they have plenty of time to talk about last Sunday because it's not on this Saturday and then you can start regrouping in the next week or so and get your thoughts to the final."

Cunningham also believes that Kilkenny might have more scope to improve before the replay.

"You don't normally hear Kilkenny conceding 1-28," he said. "Even last year people said Clare might have missed a chance, and on the second day both teams performed.

"You'd probably say Kilkenny have more room for improvement than Tipp but I don't think there's much advantage to either side."

Irish Independent