Dublin County Board Chairman Andy Kettle has paid tribute to departing senior hurling boss Anthony Daly, saying his tenure as Dublin boss contained “superb memories”.
Daly announced on Monday that he and his management team would be departing after nearly six years at the helm, a period in which Dublin won a first league title in 65 years, in 2011, and a first Leinster championship in 52 years, in 2013.
“Anthony Daly was very good to Dublin hurling,” Kettle told RTÉ Sport, saying there was “not a doubt in the world” that Dublin hurling was in a stronger place as a result of the Clare man’s reign.
Kettle praised Daly’s ability to connect with Dublin GAA, and said he “brought a lot” to Dublin.
“He formed relationships, not alone with me, but with other members of the county board and particularly with his panel,” he said.
Kettle dismissed any notion that there would be a rush to replace the Clarecastle man, saying: “Number one, we have to be sure that we get the right person”.
He described as “complete news to me” names mentioned as part of speculation as to who might replace Daly.
“As far as the Dublin County Board are concerned, we have a blank spot where the name of Anthony Daly sat as senior hurling manager,” Kettle said.
“The process is that we will obviously approach some people, and some people will approach us. We will evaluate those candidates, and assess from our point of view who can do the best job for Dublin.”
Kettle said he would like to see someone in place for the knock-out stages of the Dublin club championship, which takes place in approximately a month’s time, but admitted “that’s a reasonably tight timeline” and said it would not be “the end of the world” if the recruitment process took longer than this.