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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Antrim contact with Daly over vacant post

Anthony Daly. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Anthony Daly. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Anthony Daly has been approached by the Antrim county board as they work towards filling their vacant senior hurling manager's job.

The Saffrons have yet to appoint a successor to the joint management of Terence McNaughton and Dominic McKinley that stepped down at the end of last season.

Daly, who was one of the candidates for the Dublin job that was given to Mattie Kenny last weekend, is understood to have been contacted by the Antrim county board in recent days, as has another of the Dublin contenders, Anthony Cunningham.

However, it is expected now that Cunningham will become the next Roscommon football manager.

Daly was vague about his own managerial future after Kilmacud Crokes' recent Dublin SHC final replay loss to Ballyboden St Enda's, pondering what might come next for the team, although he was disinclined to say whether he would be part of that movement.

It is understood that he met with the Dublin county board in the days following the defeat after the sub-committee charged with making the appointment delayed interviews until the county championship was resolved.

Kenny's appointment and the return of Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor for a third season in Daly's native Clare - confirmed last month - means the Antrim job is the only inter-county position currently vacant.

However, given the high volume of travel required from Daly's home in West Clare, the Antrim job seems an unlikely fit.

Former Antrim manager, Kevin Ryan - who more recently managed Offaly - is thought be interested in a second term and according to reports, has already met with officials from the county board.

Antrim were relegated from Division 1B this year and finished fifth of six teams in the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup.

Meanwhile, former Dublin hurling selector Cunningham is now the front-runner for the Roscommon football job.

The former Galway boss managed Roscommon club St Brigid's to county senior football titles in 2006 and 2007 and a Connacht title.

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