I'm not sure what poor half McBride had really, I thought he was very steady through-out. He was head and shoulders above everyone else at U21, yet they played a sub on that u21 team and a guy who was only decent at best ahead of him on the seniors. It seems to me that he was out of favour for something other then his hurling. Likewise Conroy won us the Cork game, was a bit quiet the next day and then never got a look in, crazy stuff.
But, I agree, with the guys back we can do ok, although I doubt Mark Schutte would come back from the football, once they get a taste of that, it is hard to give it up.
But generally I think trying to pick a manager from outside the fold is nigh on impossible. You have to be there at the interview and here what is said in answer to the questions. I doubt Cunningham was interviewed, it sounds like he was just approached, and that is probably where it went wrong. Personally I would rule no one out at this stage and it is only 6 months in that we can start to tell how it goes. I can see the attraction of a 'celebrity' manager now after a horrible year - but maybe at this stage we should move beyond that now and pick the guy who ticks the most boxes. With completely limited knowledge of the candidates I would prefer either Fortune or Boland, but that is with hugely limited knowledge of others and also of any potential baggage people might carry.