Tommy Dunne to be replaced in Dublin backroom
GER Cunningham has confirmed his intention to find a replacement for Tommy Dunne after the Tipperary man stepped down from his coaching role with the Dublin senior hurlers last week.
Dunne, who worked with the squad for two years under Anthony Daly and was retained by Cunningham upon his appointment as Daly’s replacement late last year, received a belated acceptance of an application to undergo a Masters degree in Sports Performance in UL and is thus unable to fulfil the brief, despite committing for the 2015 season.
“Yeah, we'll have a look at it, at putting ahead coach in there,” Cunningham explained.
“That's the plan. We'll look at the options.
"For the moment, we’ll do it (team training) between (selectors) Shay Boland, Gearóid (Ó Riann) and myself.”
“Tommy was doing a part time Masters course that he had tried to get into and then it came back that he had been accepted into it inside in UL.
“We knew during the week. We discussed it.
"Time commitments were obviously going to be a problem.
“He had told me before he started that this was a possibility," Cunningham added.
"For a while, it looked like it wasn't going to happen. But now, it came back to place."
A number of Dublin players have been effusive in their praise of Dunne for his work with the team over the previous two seasons and while his decision will leave an inevitable void, Cunningham insisted the new commitment to study had made his position within the setup unmanageable.
“He only started last week. It's come late, the call just came last week.
“He had flagged it well in advance that had applied for it.
“It was only in the last week or two that he got accepted.”
Dunne himself explained: “I have returned to part-time education, studying for a Masters in Sports Performance at the University of Limerick.
"The course is two years part time and I just commenced it last month. I am also self employed with significant travel involved for work.
"Because of that I am unable to commit to huge time demands now required for top level team preparation.
"It was a really enjoyable experience working with the Dublin players, management and board over the last two to three years and I wish all involved every success in the future," he added.