Sport Hurling

Monday 23 October 2017

'Dalo' would have been mad to quit Dubs

Dublin manager Anthony Daly
Dublin manager Anthony Daly

I was surprised to see John Allen walking away from Limerick, but he's left the Shannonsiders in a very good place.

This is a team in its prime, with a good age profile and Limerick have some great minors coming through.

I predict that the next three or four years will be very good for Limerick hurling, but they need some continuity now in the senior set-up.

If I was a Limerick player, I'd want some of Allen's backroom team to remain on board as members of the new regime.

In Dublin, the status quo will remain following Anthony Daly's re-appointment.

I have great time for 'Dalo' as a person and as a manager. When I heard the news that he was committing for another season, I was delighted. It might be his sixth year in charge, but once the players are not getting fed up and he's wanted, it's all good in my eyes.

You've seen the fruits of his labour with Dublin winning the Leinster championship this year.

Next season, Daly will want to bring in one or two new faces; it won't take much more than that, because they were very close this year.

He would have been mad to walk away from the job and it will be very interesting to follow Dublin's progress over the next 24 months.

They're really knocking on the door now, having won the National League in 2011, the Leinster title this year and contesting two All-Ireland semi-finals.

And if they can get Ciaran Kilkenny on board, along with one or two more, they'll be challenging again next year. Why would you walk away from that?

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