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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Sutcliffe: Dublin need big-name appointment

DANNY Sutcliffe has warned that any step-down in managerial pedigree from Anthony Daly would be a regressive and potentially damaging development for the Dublin senior hurlers.

"You are only playing for a few years and to take a step back would be catastrophic anyway," predicted the 2013 All Star after Daly's tenure in the capital ended following six highly progressive seasons.

"The man coming in, he'll have the commitment and the work-rate of the players.

"That's there for them anyway. We're just dying to get someone and get started and planning for the year ahead.

"We're nearly finished now, It's nearly back to pre-season.

"There's nothing yet, it's something you can rush either."

Last week, it was reported that Shay Boland (pictured), Dublin's former minor and Under 21 manager, was the preferred choice of the sub-committee tasked with replacing Daly.

To buttress those rumours, Willie Maher, a selector with Waterford this year who worked with Boland as a coach with various Dublin underage teams, stood down from his post with the Déise amid speculation he would join Boland's management ticket.

However, it is understood that the players prefer a candidate with greater experience at elite level county, something Sutcliffe's sentiments would certainly back up.

"I wish there was a Jim Gavin there who had won everything at underage level that you could give it to but I suppose there really isn't," mused Sutcliffe.

"Anthony Daly has been there and won All-Irelands and I think that's something we need from the next candidate, that he has that experience from either managing or playing to guide us there.

Justify

"That's what you are looking for. It's either Anthony Daly or higher. You can't really take a step back - the work that has been put in at ground level by the county board and the work Anthony out in - you couldn't justify going a step back."

Two of the ideal candidates, John Allen and Liam Sheedy, are highly unlikely to be persuaded.

Allen was ratified in an advisory role with Carlow's new senior hurling manager, Pat English, on Monday night, while Sheedy's professional obligations were the very reason he stood down from Tipperary post 2010.

Ger Cunningham is, however, thought to harbour some interest.

Sutcliffe added: "People underestimate how grateful we were to (Daly) and what he done for us. We can only ever be grateful."

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