DUBLIN senior hurling selector, Richie Stakelum has been appointed Dublin under-21 manager for next season. The former Tipperary hurler heads a management ticket which will, in effect, see the senior management also overseeing the U21s in 2010.
Stakelum takes over from former Antrim and Dublin senior hurler Ciarán Barr, who led to the side to defeat in the Leinster final to Kilkenny in Parnell Park this year having beaten Kildare and Wexford in the quarter-final and semi respectively.
However, senior boss Daly subsequently requested a more hands-on role for the senior management in next year’s U21 side, with as many as ten of his senior squad also eligible for the grade.
Senior starters David Treacy, Liam Rushe and Oisín Gough will all be U21 again next year and Daly and his management team have established an ‘academy’ panel featuring the best players at that age group in the county who are currently engaged in pre-season strength and conditioning programmes.