Monday 18 December 2017

Dubs boss may step down after Tipp loss

ANTHONY DALY'S future is shrouded in serious doubt after the Dublin hurlers crashed out of the championship yesterday.

The Clareman admitted it may be time to "let someone else at it" after witnessing his side endure a 13-point All-Ireland quarter-final trimming by Tipperary in Thurles.

While Daly kicked to touch on his future plans, their toothless 2-23 to 0-16 exit - coming after a demoralising 12-point reversal to Kilkenny in the Leinster final - has fuelled speculation that he may walk after six eventful years in the hotseat.

"As in previous years, he will be given a bit of space," county board chairman Andy Kettle told The Herald today. "Dublin are very thankful to Anthony Daly for what he has done for Dublin hurling, and when the dust settles we will all sit down and review the situation. It will be what's in the best interests of Dublin hurling."

Kettle added: "We were in three Leinster finals this year - we lost three Leinster finals. It's not alone Anthony, but we have gotten to a level in hurling so how do we get to the next level? That, to my mind, would form the basis of what we'll be reviewing."

While Tipp advance to a semi-final date with Cork and Limerick will now face Kilkenny after pulverising Wexford, Daly's next move is uncertain. "I'm a good while there now. We would have to give it long, hard thought. I suppose everyone involved in that dressing-room will be thinking about that," he surmised.

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