Excellent points. I agree on the Rushe thing too, but then again he was in a difficult position and is only a young lad so I wouldn't be too critical of any stance he took. I would have a slightly bigger problem with the Ryan O Dwyer comment where he was criticising guys for leaving the panel (which was ironic in his case), but then again he isn't a good interviewee at the best of times, so leeway should be given I suppose.
With a decent manager we will be ok, if some guys come back and the younger guys will get older (obviously says everyone!) we can get back to div 1 and get an ok run in the championship. It looks to me as if we have lost in a bit in the strength and conditioning aspect from the Daly days. That team at the weekend could never have competed because they were always going to be bet to the ball in key areas, because they weren't strong enough.
Who the next manager is, won't concern me hugely. It's an interesting debate, but no one knows how it is going to go until he is well into it anyway. 8 or 9 months into Cunningham I thought he was doing well, and then the wheels fell off. Daly is mentioned above, and as a unifying force he could be good. But I don't think being a hurling manager is rocket science, so I think there is a decent list of guys who could do it well. We were unfortunate in that we got landed with the one who couldn't. Although in fairness to the guy, he probably (hopefully) learned from it and would do it completely different the next time.