Yeah very true have to take a look at the whole group around the manager including coaches and S&C, I would even say whoever is over the U21’s should be involved as a selector in the senior squad. Footballers have shown transition from U21 to senior level is vital.
I know its been ridiculed here before but even entering a Fingal hurling team or an intermediate team help bridge the gap from underage to adult level would be good. I’d even advocate an underage Fingal Hurling team operating at the same time as the underage county teams to try and bring good young hurlers to train and play together who would be a little short of making the county panels and play them against counties of Christy Ring/ Nicky Rackard standard. Getting more lads exposed to inter-county hurling is only beneficial. The only drawback is having players less available to clubs but with the right fixture plan it could be managed.
As regards coaching we can never stop trying to get the best out their to teach our coaches. There are some great Dublin coaches but we can always do with more. There is good work going on educating coaches for juvenile level but more can be done for people taking teams from U16 up in terms of skill development and tactics.
F.O.D.H. have done a huge amount since it was formed promoting hurling and raising the profile in the county. Maybe DCB should consider appointing a specialised Dublin Hurling Committee to implement a development plan over a five year period to see what can be done build upon the increased participation at juvenile level and developed at senior inter county level. Looking at if links could built with DCU to get sport scholarships for a few our our hurlers and making it a strong as they are in football terms.
A lot of what is said here can just be put down as internet waffle but if you replace GC with another person with a lot of the same underlying problem we may never make the break through. DCB overall do a great job but the one failing they have had over the past ten years is the senior hurling team the hands off approach they have taken pre Anthony Daly’s and post his reign. there is no way what happened within the Hurling panel would have happened with the football panel. There is a certain respect for not sacking managers or having public failing outs but last Sunday was the culmination of letting things steadily decline. The fixing of club games at the same time as the seniors were playing shows again are certain disregard within the county board.