I still think we are all over estimating how hard it is to manage an inter county hurling team. It takes management skill and people skill and a knowledge of hurling. There is a geansaí load of people out there that could do it. We were just really unlucky to get one that couldn’t, although on paper he looked good for it. Some guys will bring a dynamic with them because of who they are (Davy Fitz, Daly etc.), but they aren’t bringing any extra capabilities. I am not sure we should be taking on board that type of hype now though. Although I must say that I appreciate the genuine concern that Daly seems to have for Dublin hurling and the lads he had - so I would make an exception for him. But there are guys in Dublin that can do this job just as well as anyone else, Fortune, Boland, McGurk for instance. Boland seems to be persona no grata among some for some reason, although I thought he came across very well as minor manager. He had the car crash of a result with the U21s against Carlow, but that happens, Farrell had it with the footballers against Longford for instance.
There is no one I would rule out at this stage. Personally from outside, I like how McGrath comes across and I actually like the sweeper thing. I think when you don’t have 15 top athletes on the field an extra defender is one way to close the gap (figuratively and literally). But I am totally open to a Dubliner too. The most obvious candidate overall is Kenny, he seems to tick all of the boxes, but I don’t think it is necessary to be all things to all men. We need a guy with a focus and a plan. If anyone wants some extra form of expertise, they can bring it in.