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Sunday 18 November 2018

Dubs delight

County board chairman Harrington ‘very happy’ as Anthony Daly is confirmed as new hurling manager

Dublin county board chairman, Gerry Harrington has hailed the appointment of Anthony Daly as the county's new senior hurling manager.

The double All-Ireland winning Clareman was ratified at a specially-convened county board meeting at Parnell Park last night and takes the job on a two-year term, succeeding Tommy Naughton in the role.

Harrington, who was central to the protracted search for the new man which last night culminated in Daly's appointment, says the Clareman can bring his own unique leadership qualities to the role.

"The enthusiasm he showed both as a manager and as a player on the field was second to none," Harrington said. "And that came through during the course of the interviews with him. You could tell by the way he spoke about hurling and about Dublin hurling that he is going to bring plenty of that passion and enthusiasm to this role.

"I'm very happy indeed and I want to thank the sub-committee that were put together. We trawled long and hard and wide and we're delighted to have Anthony Daly on board for our senior hurlers for the next two years. Anthony Daly's name speaks for itself," added Harrington.

Daly will be formally unveiled at a press conference at Parnell Park tomorrow, though it is not yet known if he will be in a position to announce a back-room team.

It is expected that he will seek local input when choosing selectors and Harrington revealed he was "working on that as we speak."

The Dublin chairman also paid tribute to the outgoing management team of Naughton, Andy Cunningham, Damien Byrne and Michael O'Riodan for their "huge effort over the last three years."

Talent

Now though, Daly faces an empty six weeks as he prepares to build a squad for next season. With the local championship already played out and a ban on collective training as well as trials in November and December, the new man must wait until the New Year before gauging the raw materials with which to form a squad.

He will, however, be acutely aware of some of the hurling talent who have not been involved with the Dublin side in recent years for one reason or another -- particularly the football contingent.

New football boss Pat Gilroy has already hinted that he may be willing to accommodate a dual player in his squad.

In reference to a question regarding the prospect of Conal Keaney going back hurling, Gilroy stated: "If it comes up, of course we'll talk about it. We'll figure how strong the desire is and where things sit. I don't think I've any right to tell somebody they can't do something. If they want to do it, they'll do it."

However, it remains to be seen if Daly's appointment will trigger Keaney's interest in a return to the hurlers.

Shane Ryan, Diarmuid Connolly or David Henry would all strenghten the hurling squad, but it is highly unlikely that any of those trio would switch codes.

Another player who Dublin supporters will be keen to see in the blue and navy again is Alan McCrabbe. The Craobh Chiarain youngster has played only fleetingly for the Dubs in the past two years and left the panel altogether before the start of this year's championship.

However, his performances for both club and county underage teams in recent years have revealed a prodigious young talent and if Daly can get McCrabbe back on board, his hand will be strengthened going into the New Year.

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