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Morris and Ó Riain set to link up with new Dubs boss Cunningham

GER CUNNINGHAM'S management team will be formally ratified by the Dublin county board in early December although the Herald understands that the legendary former Cork goalkeeper has already settled on the line-up of his backroom.

As reported, Tommy Dunne will continue his association with Dublin, having worked under Anthony Daly for the past two seasons as part of the Clareman's training staff.

It is expected that the former Tipperary hurler will now become an official selector under Cunningham, who has already been confirmed as manager on a three-year term.

ON BOARD

In addition, Kilmacud Crokes Gearóid Ó Riain and Joey Morris of O'Toole's are also expected to come on board.

Ó Riain managed Crokes to their Dublin SHC win in 2012 but stood down last year, paving the way for Ollie Baker to take over.

Under his stewardship, Crokes came within a point of recording a famous victory for the club against Wexford champions, Oulart The-Ballagh in the Leinster club SHC.

Morris, meanwhile led O'Toole's to the semi-finals of this year's Dublin SHC wherein they lost by a point (0-15 to 0-14) to beaten finalists, St Jude's.

He also managed the O'Toole's senior footballers and the St Brigid's hurlers and played with Dublin in during the 1980s up until the mid-1990s.

There had been speculation that Ben Dorney of St Vincent's, a Cork native and former manager of both the Kildare senior team and more recently, Fingal, could be added to the ticket but as present, it appears as though Cunningham will opt for a three-man selection committee.

Dublin are also set to avail of DCU's training facilities once they begin their pre-season programme.

Ken Robinson, part of the Ballymun Kickhams senior football management team under Paul Curran, is expected to be involved as physical trainer.

SUCCESSFUL

Under Daly, Martin Kennedy had been hugely successful in that role utilising his NADA facility, first at the Aviva Stadium complex and then, in their new home in Blancharstown.

Kennedy left prior to the beginning of the 2013 season to link up with Jim Gavin when he took over from Pat Gilroy.

Cunningham is expected to meet last year's panel this week, although it is not yet known which - if any - of the 2014 will not make themselves available.

Former captain, Stephen Hiney was known to have considered retirement prior to the beginning of this season but eventually worked his way back into Daly's Championship starting 15 by the time summer arrived.

With a busy professional life, Hiney may well be pondering his inter-county future again.

DUBLIN'S 2015 NHL SCHEDULE - Sun, February 15: Dublin v Tipperary, Parnell Park, 2pm; Sun, February 22: Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park, 2pm; Sat, March 7: Dublin v Cork, Croke Park, 5pm; Sat, March 14: Clare v Dublin, Ennis, 3pm; Sun, March 22: Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park, 2pm.


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