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Saturday 3 December 2016

Cunningham on hunt for selectors for new season

Ger Cunningham
Ger Cunningham

Dublin hope to be in a position to ratify two new selectors for the Dublin senior hurling team at the next scheduled county board meeting in the first week of December.

Ger Cunningham has been on the search for a brand new backroom team in the wake of the exits of his selectors, Gearoid Ó Riainn and Shay Boland at the end of his first season as Dublin manager and has begun the process of selecting their replacements.

"He's been talking to a few people," Dublin chairman Seán Shanley confirmed.

"We've given him a few possibilities. There's no huge urgency on it but we'd rather have it done sooner rather than later."

It is not expected that Cunningham will bring in an outside candidate, with Shanley explaining that those contacted "know the local scene in Dublin."

Team trainer, Ed Coughlan - worked with the Mayo footballers for four years under James Horan - also stepped down at the end of a mixed first season for Cunningham, though it is expected that the Dublin manager will limit his backroom additions to just two additional personnel.

Quit

Ken Robinson will continue in his role as coach for the new season, though Cunningham's backroom will have a completely new look from the one appointed this time last year.

Besides the aforementioned trio, Tommy Dunne was also unveiled as part of the original setup, though he quit due to studying commitments after just a couple of months.

As yet, Cunningham has yet to be informed of any retirements to last year's panel, though he has yet to meet them as a group.

He is, however, likely to have to make do again without Michael Carton, Alan McCrabbe or Ross O'Carroll - all of whom opted out at various stages in 2015 - in the New Year.

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