Thursday 18 July 2019

Brendan Cummins backs Anthony Daly to turn around Clare's fortunes after early championship exit

Anthony Daly. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Anthony Daly. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

John Morley

Clare came out with a badly needed win against Cork last Sunday but it was not enough to salvage their season, with heavy defeats against Tipperary and Limerick seeing them crash out of the Munster championship on scoring difference.

Their poor performance in those defeats has led to calls for changes in management, with the poor tactical decision of positioning star forward Tony Kelly, deep inside his own half of the field one decision from joint-managers Gerry O'Connor and Donal Maloney that has been criticised.

Brendan Cummins believes that two-time All-Ireland winner Anthony Daly is best poised to come into the Clare fold for a second stint as manager of his native county.

Cummins thinks it is difficult to see Daly taking the helm of the Banner men without Tipperary coach Tommy Dunne, who has worked with him in the past, as he stressed how crucial the role of coach is in the back-room team.

"I think Dalo would be a great man if he went into Clare," said Cummins on The Throw-In podcast in association with Bord Gáis Energy.

"His right-hand man is normally Tommy Dunne and Tommy is with Tipperary so it will be interesting to see."

"The coach is as important as the manager. I see Eamonn O'Shea on the line with Tipperary. He was running the show [on Sunday], so the coach has as important a role as the manager."

The Tipperary legend doesn't see a way back next season for the Clare bosses, considering the amount of criticism they were subjected to in this year's championship run.

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"It's going to be hard to go to the well again for the current Clare management, they had taken a fair bit of stick, but that's just the way things go," said Cummins.

Irish Independent GAA reporter, Colm Keys, argued that Clare can take pride from their victory against Cork, even though the win could not salvage their season.

Keys also highlighted the importance of the Banner producing next season, with the stream of underage success since their 2013 All-Ireland glory painting a picture of a team with unfulfilled potential.

"They responded in front of a home crowd when many people doubted that they would," said Keys.

"This group of players are at a crossroads, it will be seven years since their last All-Ireland win, a lot of them have two, three, maybe one All-Ireland U21 medal from those three years, yet, they are pushing on now into their mid to late twenties.

"They haven't added that second All-Ireland, they haven't won a Munster title, albeit they got to two Munster finals and lost to Cork in the last two years."

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