Friday 21 October 2016

Cunningham is yet to decide on his future

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Ger Cunningham. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ger Cunningham has kicked to touch on his managerial future with the Dublin hurlers after their agonising championship exit to his native Cork.

"We're just gutted," said Cunningham after his 14-man outfit, playing without the red-carded Chris Crummey for the last 40 minutes, lost their do-or-die qualifier by three points on Saturday night. We were looking at winning and going into the draw on Monday, which is not to be. So we'll sit back and reflect."

The Dublin boss, who has one year remaining on his three-year term, added: "We'll chat to the lads on the board and see what we're going to do."

Cunningham praised the Sky Blue rookies who have "put their hands up" this season and expressed the hope that the Dublin U21s "might lift the spirits for us" in Wednesday's Leinster final against Offaly.

As for facing his beloved Cork in such a must-win clash, he admitted: "It was difficult and it was emotional but, at the same time, I didn't hear a bad word said, so I'm happy with that point of view and happy with the respect I got.

"But delighted with the team ... I was proud to walk in with them, and proud to walk out with them."

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