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Friday 15 December 2017

Daly has given all - O'Grady

ANTHONY DALY may have "nothing left in the tank" after devoting the last six years to Dublin hurling, according to former Sky Blues boss Michael O'Grady.

O'Grady (inset) believes any decision about Daly's future should be left to the current Dublin manager, in conjunction with county board chiefs, but he suspects that last Sunday's tame championship exit to Tipperary may signal the end of the road.

Either way, he reckons significant squad upheaval is now required and estimates that at least three, and as many as six, seasoned campaigners could call time on their Dublin careers.

"I'd say, in his tank, there's nothing left for Dublin," O'Grady told The Herald. "He's done everything. The man has travelled thousands of miles. He's been at club matches. He's an excellent team on the sideline. He's a great motivator; the lads have great time for him.

"But maybe he's grown stale as well. I know if it was me, I'd be stale. I know with my time with Dublin, it was nothing like what it's now. I had four years, and the fourth year was a slog."

He added: "There's no good time, but I'd imagine his own tank is empty. I personally wouldn't be faulting the man if he decides to go."

Reflecting on Sunday's 13-point defeat at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage, the former manager surmised: "There isn't a doubt that a few of the players are definitely very close to the end of their regime of playing for Dublin. Again, it's not age, it's more mileage. The hard training they do now, I think it knocks the stuffing out of them really."

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