Daly’s decision to step down as Dublin hurling manager on Monday night fuelled speculation the former All-Ireland winning Clare captain was about to be parachuted in as Galway boss.
Attending a charity fundraiser in Ballybrit, Daly told Galway Bay FM “there is fantastic potential in Galway, we know how good Galway’s underage teams have been for so long. They should have been All-Ireland champions in 2012”.
A leading Galway official last night ruled out Daly taking the reins for next year, revealing the management committee’s priority to keep “one of their own” at the helm.
Outgoing manager Anthony Cunningham, Mattie Kenny, who worked alongside Cunningham at senior and U21 in recent years, current U21 manager Johnny Kelly and double All-Ireland winner Brendan Lynskey have been nominated for the position, with interviews scheduled to commence at the end of next week.
The seven-person management committee, which includes six board officials and former manager and All-Ireland winning captain Conor Hayes, reserve the right to consider another candidate if they feel a suitable alternative can be sourced.
The Irish Examiner have been informed the role will be filled by one of the four nominated before the close of this month.
Meanwhile, four men have been nominated to succeed Alan Mulholland as Galway football boss. Kevin Walsh is a member of the nominated quartet and favourite for the job.
Walsh won two All-Ireland senior medals in the maroon shirt (1998 and 2001), serving as Sligo manager from 2009-13.