The fact that the same questions are being asked, after 3 years of no progress, shows how insidious this has been, facilitated by the landmark successes and other factors I’ve mentioned above. It isn’t at all about Davy ‘learning’, it’s about the CCB not being able to (or willing?) learn & see the wood for the trees. Daly was a model to get back into that job but once 2013 happened it was slow-mo car-crash all the way. Daly would have dealt much better with 2013 ( probably wouldn’t have won that All-I anyway, which may have been better for them), and would have kept his squad much happier since then too. That’s just for starters.
But it’s also important to look at the freakish circumstance that was the 2013 hurling championship. Kk, Tipp & Galway all out. Limerick win a glorious Munster in a welter of hype and celebrate like no tomorrow. A very ordinary Cork team (by the standards of their and others’ best) come through the other side.
Clare have a brilliant coach in Kinnerk, and with little or no expectation on them run through a Cork team who lack in pace and haven’t seen these new tactics before on this scale. But they wear down Clare who lack in defensive experience or meanness & then only a freakishly brilliant score from an unlikely player in extra time of injury time saves Clare.
In the replay it looks like Cork did nothing about Clare’s tactics and just didn’t have the legs. Clare indeed have some brilliant players, the extra talent showed in the absence of anything special from Cork who threw everything they had into the first game. That’s my take on it anyway.
After winning 3 games of any major significance, a Clare team that had not won a significant senior title up to this point, nor really come close to doing so, were dramatic & glorious All-I champions and were shortly afterwards awarded “Team of the Year” in Irish sport. I won’t bore people with the inevitable comparisons in other sports in the same year.