Hopes growing Anthony Daly will extend his work with Dublin
Dublin manager Anthony Daly and selector Richie Stakelum
DUBLIN hurling selector Richie Stakelum believes Anthony Daly still has a “huge amount to contribute” to Dublin hurling should he decide to remain at the helm.
After this year’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Tipperary, the Clare man hinted he was ready to walk away when he stated “maybe it’s time to let somebody else at it.”
But hope is growing within the county that he could be ready to commit to Dublin once more with county chairman Andy Kettle confirming that they are not currently considering other candidates.
Kettle also confirmed that Dublin are looking for a three-year commitment, rather than a one-year extension, to help them progress.
And Stakelum, who has been at Daly’s side since his appointment, insists he will make his decision with the best interests of Dublin hurling at heart.
“You know Anthony, his heart is on his sleeve,” said the former Tipperary captain at the launch of the Kilmacud Crokes One Direct All-Ireland Hurling Sevens.
“He doesn’t hide. He was hugely disappointed and hugely frustrated. I’m sure Anthony after six years, is saying: ‘What do we do?’ If you stay on, do you make it worse? Can you make it better?
“Anthony has a huge amount to contribute. It really is about whether he has the heart or the will and whether he feels there is more to give. It’s his decision.
“And I have no idea what decision he’ll make.
“This is all about Anthony. Anthony is the person making the massive commitment. There is no two ways about that. I’m living here in Dublin. It’s as handy for me to cycle over to Parnell Park or O’Toole Park for training.
“Anthony Daly is 540 kilometres of a round trip away. He makes the decision. And it’s a huge decision for him to make.
“He’s on holidays at the moment. And I’m sure he will sit down the county board over the next couple of days or weeks and sort it out.”
And whether or not there is change at the top, Stakelum admits the current panel needs freshening up after six years under Daly where the Dubs have made huge strides, winning both a league and Leinster title.
“Are there changes that need to be made? Absolutely. The team is together for quite a while. And maybe it’s time now to give others a chance.
“Are the players that are around any better or any worse or can they be better? I don’t know. If those guys get a chance, we’ll see. But the whole thing needs to be freshened up for certain. You can’t continue on with the same set-up and the same format. You have to change.”