Ryan O’Dwyer believes Anthony Daly should return as Dublin hurling manager in 2014
RYAN O’DWYER believes Anthony Daly has some “unfinished business” with the Dublin hurlers and should return as their manager in 2014.
The Clare man is assessing his future after leading the Dubs to a firstLeinster success in 52 years but O’Dwyer insisted that Daly has the full backing of the squad to return for a sixth season.
“I can safely speak for the panel that every one of us want him and the management team back as a whole,” said O’Dwyer.
“I met a couple of lads recently and it just came down to chatting about what ifs and what about next year – I suppose that’s just the topic of conversation at the moment. But every one of us want him, he suits us down to the ground. We need him. I honestly think that he’ll feel there’s unfinished business there.
“He has a lot of things to evaluate. He has a family in Clare. It’s a long distance up, a couple of times a week, so we’ll leave him at it and see what he comes back with, but I think he knows that every one of us wants him and, yeah, I think he’ll stay on.”
O’Dwyer is in the process of appealing the first yellow card he picked up in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Cork to avoid the possibility of a suspension being doubled should he be dismissed next year.
Under Daly, Dublin have followed strong campaigns with a poor showing the following season, but Tipperary native O’Dwyer is determined that they will improve on 2013.
“We’re not going to take anything for granted next year. We didn’t this year and hopefully we can hit the ground running. I think lads are going to train harder, go that extra bit,” he added.
“Lads will be saying to themselves after this year ‘if I had trained that bit harder would that have got us over the line?’
“You wonder, ‘would it have got you to the ball a second earlier, would it have got my touch better?’ So I think next year we’ll all take accountability for ourselves and we’ll go that extra bit further,” he added.