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Thursday 14 December 2017

Dublin confirm Daly to stay in hot seat

Anthony Daly has been confirmed as Dublin manager for another season
Anthony Daly has been confirmed as Dublin manager for another season
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Daly has been confirmed as Dublin hurling manager for a sixth successive season.

Daly was ratified at a Dublin County Board meeting last night, just four weeks after his side's All-Ireland exit in the semi-final against Cork.

Meanwhile, Jim McGuinness' future as Donegal football manager is still up in the air as further meetings over the scheduling of club fixtures are due to take place tonight.

McGuinness met with representatives of senior and intermediate clubs on Friday night, having dashed from the hospital where his wife had given birth to twins. The 2012 All-Ireland winning manager is seeking change to the way club fixtures in the county are scheduled before committing to completing the last year of a four-year term.

This year, some Donegal clubs played three games prior to the Ulster semi-final against Down and two players, Neil Gallagher and Karl Lacey, picked up injuries which ruled them out of that game.

McGuinness had suggested the idea of playing two rounds of the club championship after the league in April and then setting the club programme aside until the county's interest is at an end.

But it is not thought that they will be agreed to. Instead, clubs will discuss the prospect of returning to a straight knockout championship in the county in a bid to bring a resolution to a worrying impasse.

Kildare are also awaiting the next development in their managerial stand-off. The players have requested negotiations open up to reinstate Kieran McGeeney as manager after his 29-28 defeat last week, and there are indications that some clubs will look at a second vote differently.

But it is most unlikely that McGeeney would allow himself to be dragged back into such a situation, despite his loyalty to the players.

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