Can we assume that GC is gone or will the heads in Parnell Park keep their heads in the sand and let the small ball rot away back to the John Bailey/ Humphrey Kelleher days.
If he is gone then it surely will be a clean slate for all who have been involved/overlooked/mistreated etc during the GC era. The question is will some of these guys want to come back if requested? Barring the obvious player loss to football if we are to stand any chance of breaking back into the top 6-8 teams in the country we will need all of our best players to be available regardless of what club they play for or what division they are in.
As for who is the right person to be in charge? Rather than one individual I think we need the right management team in place. It would not bother me where they are from as long as their best interests are in Dublin hurling and not their own egos or the money they are raking in. There is plenty of time to review all available options and have someone in place by October/November with the right backroom team
Obviously Mattie Kenny will be top of peoples lists. If Galway win the AI this year he will not be in with a shout of the Galway job for a few years so would he go for Dublin?
Anthony Cunningham- Travel seems to be no issue for him if he has being helping out with Laois. Good experience in both codes. Would the Galway players ousting him stand against him?
Joe Fortune- Liked by many on this forum and good history with a lot of the players, current and past
Nicky English/Liam Sheedy- Names normally get brought up but work commitments means its a no.
Donal Og- No experience as a number 1(manager) but might want to step up after a few years as a selector
Che Daly- As already mentioned it looks like he would stay with Limerick
DJ Carey- Would he like the step up from colleges hurling, has he the necessary experience for inter county management? Would surely have the respect of the players.
No Dubs listed above which is a worry. Id be shocked if Mc Guirk/ Boland were considered for the job. If available id like to see someone like Stephen Hiney being brought in as a selector or involved in some way.
Our main aim/goals for next year should be to rebuild and get back to a level of competitiveness and go out and play with no fear regardless of who we are up against. Promotion from 1B would be fantastic but not the end of the world if not achieved. Reaching a Leinster final or reaching an all Ireland quarter final is a realistic target giving a mixture of the right elements.
Id love to say things can only get better but they can get a lot worse if we don't get our house in order