Dublin chairman Andy Kettle has revealed the identity of the new Dublin hurling manager will be confirmed ‘within a week’.

The Dubs have been searching for a successor to Anthony Daly since the Clare man opted to step down earlier this year and Kettle confirmed that they are close to getting their man.

“We’ve been talking to some people,” he said. ” I wouldn’t call them interviews but we’ve approached people. The process is ongoing at the minute but we’re making good progress.

“I’d be hoping we’d have something done within a week or so.”

Kettle wouldn’t be drawn on the identity of the new man but he has previously expressed a preference for the new man to take the job for an extended term.

A host of names have been linked with the job since Daly vacated the post. Former Dublin minor manager Shay Boland emerged as a frontrunner and he is the most likely candidate from within the county.

Cork legend Ger Cunningham was also linked with the job along with Nicky English and Liam Sheedy with current All Star Danny Sutcliffe suggesting the current squad would be better served by an ‘outside’ manager.

“I wish there was a Jim Gavin there who had won everything at underage level that you could give it too but I suppose there really isn’t,” he said.

“Anthony Daly has been there and won All-Irelands. I think that’s something we need from the next candidate that he has that experience from either managing or playing to guide us there.

“That’s what you are looking for. It’s either Anthony Daly or higher. You can’t really take a step back.

“You only realise how good of a job Anthony has done when he is gone and how much he has brought us on,” Sutcliffe continued.

“You are only playing for a few years and to take a step back would be catastrophic anyway.

“The man coming in, he’ll have the commitment and the work rate of the players. That’s there for them anyway. We are just dying to get someone and get started and planning for the year ahead.”

The Dublin SHC quarter-finals were played last weekend and Kettle had earlier indicated a desire to have the new manager in place before the knockout stages.

“We said that but it’s more important to make the right appointment than make a quick one,” Kettle said. “So we want to make sure that we get this right for Dublin hurling.

“There’s a sub-committee who are looking after this. After that we’ll call a county board meeting when we need to. They’ll have the final say on ratification.”

Dublin made massive strides under Daly during his six-season tenure as they won their first league title since 1939 in 2011 and conquered Leinster for the first time in 53 years last season.
(Irish Independent)
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