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Anthony Daly in mix for Clare return with big-name backroom team

Tommy Dunne and Brian Lohan are believed to be on his management ticket.

Anthony Daly was with Limerick's minors earlier this year.
Anthony Daly was with Limerick's minors earlier this year.
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ANTHONY DALY IS in the mix to succeed Davy Fitzgerald as manager of Clare’s senior hurlers and take on the top job in the Banner for the second time, according to Clare FM.

Daly, who captained Clare to All-Ireland wins in 1995 and 1997 before managing the county side from 2004-2006, is nominated for the role with Brian Lohan and Tommy Dunne believed to be on his proposed backroom team.

Lohan also played on Ger Loughnane’s victorious Clare teams in ’95 and ’97 while Dunne captained Tipperary to All-Ireland success in 2001 and worked with Daly during his time in charge of Dublin’s hurlers.

Clare had a mixed time of it during Daly’s last spell in charge; losing all three of their opening games in the Munster championship but going on to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals twice (2005 and 2006) and quarter-finals once (2004).

Daly has been the head coach of Limerick’s hurling academy for the past two seasons, and helped guide the county’s minors to the All-Ireland final last month, where they went down to Tipperary.

While in Dublin, Daly achieved breakthrough success, winning the National League in 2011 and a Leinster championship crown in 2013, the county’s first in 52 years.

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Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, who guided Clare to three successive U21 titles from 2012-2014, are also proposed as joint-managers for next year’s campaign.

It is not yet known if anyone else has put their name forward for the position. The county board is expected to have a meeting to consider its options in the coming days.

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