The new Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham, talks to the press.
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Incoming Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham insists Dublin chairman
Andy Kettle had little work to do to persuade him to succeed Anthony Daly in
Cunningham held his first media engagement since getting the job a month
ago and has spent that time assembling his back-room team that includes
Tipperary legend Tommy Dunne, Kilmacud Crokes manager Gearoid O’Riain and
former Dublin minor and U21 boss Shay Boland. Ken Robinson will act as trainer
while Caroline Currid, who has previously worked with the county’s footballers,
is performance coach.
“I got approached by Andy as to whether I’m be interested in
considering the job, and once we spoke he made a big impression,” Cunningham
“But he didn’t have to sell it, really. Dublin hurling is at a
really competitive level and in reality it was an easy decision. I’m really
looking forward to it.”
Cunningham’s first order of business is to establish who will be
available for the 2015 campaign. So far, none of the current squad have walked
away while the thorny issue of dual players will also have to be confronted.
On the day it was revealed that Eoin Cadogan would play football only in
2015 in his native Cork, Cunningham left the door open for anyone wishing to
combine both in Dublin.
Cunningham hasn’t approached the likes of Cormac Costello and Ciaran
Kilkenny, who rank among the brightest young hurling talents the county has
produced in recent years, but he hinted that could change.
“With a degree of co-operation it’s something that could be looked
at,” Cunningham said.
“Dual is difficult, there’s no doubt about that. You can see how
difficult it is.
“But a lot of those Dublin guys have All-Ireland medals in
football, it would be great to see them get All-Ireland medals in hurling.
“You’d love a situation where you could get those guys to play
hurling if they could. That would be great but at the same time that is
something we will consider as a backroom team when we get together and have a
chat about it.
“Also, these guys are committed to football at the moment.
“It is probably difficult. Jim Gavin has said on record that he
doesn’t see it as a situation where people can do the two, so we’ll see.”
Even if he doesn’t manage to persuade any of the footballers to cross
codes, he’s convinced Dublin have the talent to be competitive at the top
“They came close in 2013, came within a puck of the ball of getting
to the final. I think the talent is there.”