Anthony Daly in frame for Limerick minor job

Anthony Daly is in the shake-up to be appointed the next Limerick minor hurling manager after the surprising decision by Leo O’Connor to step down after one year in charge.

Former Limerick player O’Connor yesterday confirmed he was stepping aside following a season in which the minors reached a Munster final, losing to Tipperary, before they were defeated by Galway in an All-Ireland quarter-final.

Daly, who heads up the county’s under-age academy, was a coach/selector with O’Connor this year. Pat Donnelly, John Mulqueen and Brian Foley were also selectors.

Meanwhile, Limerick have postponed their monthly meeting by a week to September 15 in order to confirm TJ Ryan and John Brudair’s management teams for 2016. Paul Kinnerk and Joe O’Connor, key members of Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland winning backroom group, have been linked with joining Ryan but it remains uncertain whether they will be part of the Garryspillane man’s set-up.

Coach Paul Beary and physical trainer Mike Lyons are not expected to be involved next season with only Dave Clarke remaining on with Ryan. However, Clare are also hopeful Kinnerk and O’Connor may rejoin them.

Meanwhile Galway U-21 hurling manager Johnny Kelly has quit his position over what he believes are out-of-date championship structures.

Kelly has decided not to seek reappointment to the position next season and has sighted ‘archaic’ championship structures as the main reason behind his decision.

The Portumna clubman took charge of the Tribesmen for a third campaign this year, but after six months training his side recently exited the championship in the All-Ireland semi-final against Limerick – in their first game of the season.

Kelly says the demands placed on young players in such a tight window is stifling their development and causes player burn-out issues, and that competition structures and match scheduling is at the centre of the issue.

“My term is up as the Galway U-21 manager and it’s time to move on.

“The U-21 championship is archaic. It is squeezed in between everything else. The knockout basis gives teams no chance to implement changes for a second game. That flies in the face of player development and the structure that’s employed at senior level.

“This year Waterford and Galway U-21 teams had to play U-21 championship three and six days after their seniors played in a Munster and All-Ireland semi-final respectively.

“It proved impossible for those young players to come up to the intensity required in that time frame. You can’t take away from Clare and Limerick’s victories in those games, but it contradicts the stance the GAA have on player burnout anyway.

“There is a by-law there that states no player can play a club game seven days prior to an inter-county underage game. It’s 13 days in the case of senior inter-county games.

“Yet we had two inter-county games in the space of three and six days. Is that logical given the intensity of inter-county games?”


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