Summer stumbles prompt Dublin to launch hurling review

Andy Kettle

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle has admitted they must take stock of where hurling in the county is at after Sunday’s disappointing All-Ireland quarter-final exit.

While Kettle said Anthony Daly will be given time to consider his options and did not rule him out taking the helm for a seventh season in 2015, he believes a review is required of all Dublin’s inter-county hurling teams.

The chairman accepts Daly has advanced the fortunes of Dublin hurling, guiding them to Leinster and league honours.

However, Kettle is concerned that the county’s senior, U21 and minor teams this year lost three provincial finals by large margins.

“Anthony Daly owes Dublin nothing. He has done a super job but in a kind of wider context Dublin have to look at things. There have been major strides made but it’s time we looked at where we need to get next.

“There is maybe a perception that we’re further advanced than we actually were. We lost three Leinster finals this year and that has given us a taste of realism.

“What I will be putting to the county executive is the need for a review of where we are at. We’ve got to a certain point and we need to push on now.”

Kettle hopes to have the review and the identity of Dublin’s manager for the 2015 season confirmed by the time the club championships resume in September.

“Anthony could make up his mind before next weekend or four weeks down the line. At this stage we’re in late July and I would like the thing settled before our local hurling championships return.

“That would be my kind of timeline. If it’s Anthony or somebody else I’d like whoever it is to be given an opportunity to run the rule over what’s going on in Dublin hurling.”

Meanwhile, Roscommon officials have told John Evans they want him to stay in charge.

The Kerryman’s two-year term as manager came to an end when they were knocked out of the championship by Armagh last Saturday week in the qualifiers.

Evans, who travels from Killorglin a few times a week for training and matches, said he would take some time to consider his future.

while the situation will be discussed in the coming weeks, a Roscommon spokesperson yesterday made it clear they want Evans to stay.

“The progress of the senior team will be discussed at next month’s meeting of the management committee and the board are hopeful that John Evans will remain in charge,” said the spokesperson.


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