Yes but what has he won in all the years with underage teams. Dublins under 21 s weren't exactly world beaters last year and threw away a great chance of getting to the final.
Being popular with players isn't what is needed. It's someone who will take no messing and who knows the game. We need a hurling Jim Gavin or Heffo who will rule with an iron fist and stand up for, and to, his players. We also need players who will stand up for their manager no matter what. All for one and one for all has to be the motto. Unfortunately some of our hurlers down the years have been more interested in looking to be offended by some manager or other than in actually doing what they should be doing - playing their best for Dublin!!! Look at the list; Gray, O'Grady, Buckley, Bailey, Naughton, Morris, Kelleher, Fennelly, Daly, Boland, Boggan and now Cunningham all let down in some way or other or pushed out by player power. Some were better than others I would agree but Were they all bad managers??? Or is the easy option to blame the manager because we think we should be entitled to the same success as the footballers.
Some of those mentioned on this tread are good coaches but the history of sport is littered with great coaches failing in the big job. We need a strong manager with good coaches around him.