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Monday 23 October 2017

Daly hits back at Sunday Game criticism of Dubs

ANTHONY DALY takes members of RTé's Sunday Game panel to task in his autobiography over their comments that Dublin's hurlers were "manufactured".

Writing in his new autobiography 'Dalo', which hits the shelves this week, former Dublin manager Daly defends his former players from the criticism, which he believed originated from The Sunday Game analysts.

Daly's last game as Sky Blue supremo came against Tipperary in their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at the end of July and the slickness of delivery and accuracy of execution by the Premier County was in marked contrast to that of the Dubs.

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It sparked a debate, fuelled by certain pundits, that Dublin had come to resemble a team of manufactured hurlers.

"When we scored 2-25 against Galway in the 2013 Leinster final, nobody was talking about (our) basics," he writes.

"Some of the hurling we played in the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork was as good as anything seen in Croke Park during such an electric summer.

"Surely you need shooters and good players to play in those kind of games? Yet all of a sudden, now we're only seen as 'manufactured hurlers'.

"I had retreated into the bunker at home after the Tipperary game when Richie Stakelum (Dublin selector) sent me a text and told me to look up (Brian) Cody.

"In an interview he'd done that week, Cody had rejected the characterisation of Dublin's players as 'manufactured hurlers'.

"I'd never texted Brian Cody in my life, but I took out my phone and tapped a few words on the screen: 'Brian, just want to say thanks for what you said during the week'. 'Just thought it was a load of rubbish, Dalo'," he texted back.

"How do you manufacture hurlers?

"Is it that you don't manufacture them in time?

"Yet where was this debate last year when we could have won an All-Ireland and Tipp were gone from the championship in the first week in July?"

Meanwhile, new Dublin senior hurling manager Ger Cunningham is believed to be close to finalising his backroom team.

Former Tipperary senior Tommy Dunne, who was involved during Daly's tenure, is expected to be involved while speculation is mounting that Ben Dorney will also be part of the management.

St Vincent's clubman Dorney, father of current St Vincent's senior footballer Ciarán, has recent club senior managerial experience with both the Marino club as well as Na Fianna.

Cunningham's Dubs will begin their 'competitive' action during the the New Year period when they will face the Dubs Stars in their annual duel.

This year's games will take place in Parnell's grounds, Coolock.

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