Daly coy over Dublin link

October 12, 2018

Kilmacud Crokes manager Anthony Daly. ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

Anthony Daly has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a return to the Dublin hurling manager's job.

Speaking at last night's draw for the 2019 provincial championships in RTE, the Kilmacud Crokes manager insisted his only focus at the moment was on next weekend's Dublin SHC final agaisnt Ballyboden St Enda's.

"I have no control over what papers are going to say," he said. 

"I was obviously with Dublin for six years. When Pat Gilroy vacates the post - no more than when Ger Cunningham vacated it - I see my name linked. I have a county final to concentrate on. There are no sideshows for me."

Daly felt Pat Gilroy fared well during his short spell in charge of the Dubs.

"He was certainly a stabilising effect on the whole thing. Pat came in and wiped the slate clean with everybody. He gave everybody a go and obviously trained them like absolute savage because the League wasn't hectic.

"They were really the most consistent team in the championship. They never had a down day. If you go through Munster, everyone had a down day. Dublin didn't and were desperately unlucky.

"That day against Kilkenny looked like nothing but a Dublin win. Was it a foul on Paddy Smyth? Seán [Moran] had gone on the overlap expecting the hand-pass and just that little hole was left and then Blanchfield nails it.

"After that it was going to be difficult. But still, they played great stuff in Salthill. They played great stuff against Wexford. So whoever takes over now has a fair platform to build on."

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