Daly refuses to be distracted by Dublin 'sideshow'
By John Harrington
Anthony Daly has refused to be distracted by the ‘sideshow’ of who will be appointed Dublin’s next senior hurling team manager.
Daly, who managed Dublin for six years from 2009 to 2014, has been one of the men touted as a potential successor to Pat Gilroy who stepped down from the position after one year in charge due to work commitments.
But Daly insists his full focus at the moment is on managing the Kilmacud Crokes hurling team that will contest the Dublin SHC Final against Ballyboden St. Enda’s on October 21.
“I have no control over what papers are going to say,” said Daly. “I was obviously with Dublin for six years.
“When Pat Gilroy vacates the post – no more than when Ger Cunningham vacated it – I see my name linked.
“I have a county final to concentrate on. There’s no sideshows for me.”
Already this year Liam Sheedy has been appointed Tipperary hurling team manager for a second stint while James Horan has also returned to the Mayo football team hot-seat.
Some say you should never go back, but Daly isn’t a fan of that sentiment.
“That’s only a load of rot,” he said.
“It’s whatever is right is right for you. And what is right for you and the squad. If it’s the right thing to do and you want to do it and there’s no disgruntlement among the players that you’re going back….
“Pointing out stories about people who didn’t do it when they went back…sure Jesus, if Loughnane went back in the morning, he’d do a job.
“Look, I don’t get that bit.”
Daly believes that whoever is appointed Dublin hurling team manager will have the benefit of building on the solid foundations put in place this year by Pat Gilroy after what had been a couple of turbulent seasons for the team under Ger Cunningham.
“Look, he was certainly a stabilising effect on the whole thing,” said Daly. “For whatever reason with Ger…I’m great friends with Ger and I would have thought he was a great appointment…but it just didn’t seem to…after the first year.
“The first year was relatively solid. But there was a bit too much turmoil. Too many stories and that kind of thing.
“Pat came in and wiped the slate clean with everybody. He gave everybody a go and obviously trained them like absolute savage because the League wasn’t hectic.
“Because to be fair, they were really the most consistent team in the Championship. They never had a down-day.
“If you go through Munster, everyone had a down-day. Dublin didn’t and were desperately unlikely.
“That day against Kilkenny looked like nothing but a Dublin win. Was it a foul on Paddy Smyth? Seán (Moran) had gone on the overlap expecting the hand-pass and just that little hole was left and then Blanchfield nails it.
“After that it was going to be difficult.
“But still, they played great stuff in Salthill. They played great stuff against Wexford. So whoever takes over now has a fair platform to build on.”