SUTCLIFFE: DUBS NEED ANOTHER BIG NAME.
Danny Sutcliffe says it’s imperative the new Dublin manager is an All-Ireland winner and possesses the “pull” to convince dual players to commit to hurling.
The county board are expected to announce Anthony Daly’s successor in the coming days with former Cork coach Ger Cunningham impressing the selection committee.
“You’ve seen it with Anthony Daly,” said Sutcliffe. “It’s worked well for us that he’s come in. You say tradition — we needed someone there who had won All-Irelands. He obviously had a template himself and he tried to put it [in place for us] and we nearly got there… we didn’t.
“I think we need that again. Obviously, with Dublin football that has All-Irelands there, there’s people there — Dessie Farrell is there, gone to the U21s now and Jim Gavin went from U21. We just don’t have that.”
A big name will convince up-and-coming players to opt for hurling, claims Sutcliffe. He uses the example of Cuala’s Mark Schutte who snubbed the footballers to concentrate on advancing in Daly’s panel.
“I don’t think people realise … if you look at footballers and hurlers at minor level, 17, 18, who are that good they have the choice to play both. Say for Mark Schutte who was on the senior football at sixth year… if you see Anthony Daly — a big name, big pull.
“Like, we’re losing enough as it is, but it could be an option there — ‘what a great set-up it is, look at the manager they have’. It’s a ‘pull’ factor for the kids.
“And, if that’s not there, sure why would you go play when you’ve Jim Gavin with the football winning you All-Irelands? So it’s huge for younger lads coming through. You have to be able to sell it to them because some lads are that good like Cormac Costello who can just go ‘I’ll pick either or.’”
Asked if Sutcliffe was intimating he was in favour of a high profile outside manager, he replied: “Well, I suppose, if you can think of someone…”
The St Judes man, who has a senior county semi-final to look forward to this weekend, was disappointed with how Conal Keaney was singled out for criticism on The Sunday Game after losing July’s All-Ireland quarter-final to Tipperary.
“Everyone has their opinion. When Cork didn’t go well against Tipp I was waiting for the analysis after that game because I know if it had have been ourselves Dónal Óg [Cusack] would have been all over Conal Keaney again, and he is the best hurler we probably every produced and he would start on any county team.”
(Irish Examiner Ltd)