i tuned into the boilers after eight because i heard who they were interviewing. he sounded like a man who was doing his best to sound relaxed and not too worried but failing. He doesnt have the luxury we have, he has to stand by his man - as he said the DCB does not have a history of sacking managers (Tom Carr was AFAIR just not renewed as opposed to sacked) - and so he has to stick with that. I would say the man is seething though one way or the other.
Loughnane rode over the hill to defend his fellow "traditional county" man on sunday evening, taking a cut at the players who left/dropped. It was awful stuff, sure Daly's teams had sometimes alarming dips but you cannot overlook two all ireland semi finals, a leinster, a league.
We used to struggle to beat Wexford, we never beat anyone of note in the league except on rare occasions (I remember the joy of beating cork in the league in 97 (?) as i knew a fairly obnoxious cork hurling man at the time) but during Daly's time beating Tipp in the league wasnt a surprise, and beating Galway in Leinster wasn't world stopping either.
I cannot understand how a county at that level, especially when you consider how good we currently are at underage, can drop so far so quickly. I had a look in Daly's book and yes he laments the fact that of the top Hurling Counties we are the only one playing second fiddle to football and all that entails and he points out that vast areas od Dublin just dont have hurlers but even with that we should be contesting semi finals regularly, not going home early July.
that culture has to come back, that mindset has to come back with the next manmager and the DCB. The work has to start the day after GC leaves because before you know it we will be back in January and probably wondering still who the next manager will be otherwise.