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July 24 2017 2:30 AM
Mattie Kenny has been installed as favourite to become the new Dublin hurling manager after Ger Cunningham announced on Saturday that he is stepping down from the role.
Galway native Kenny has done a terrific job with Cuala, whom he steered to championship success in Dublin and Leinster last year before guiding them to a famous All-Ireland club final victory over Ballyea of Clare last March.
Other possible candidates for the job are Kenny's fellow Galway man Anthony Cunningham and former Dubs boss Anthony Daly, who is currently overseeing the Limerick hurling underage academy
Announcing his resignation - after a disappointing three-year term which saw several players opt out of the Dublin squad - Cunningham (right) said that every decision he had made was "in the best interests" of hurling in the capital.
"Following on from discussions with the Dublin County Board, I wish to confirm that we have agreed by mutual consent not to extend my role as manager," stated Cunningham.
"It has been an honour and indeed a privilege to manage the team and I have nothing but admiration for the squad of players who have represented Dublin with pride and passion.
"I want to thank them for their commitment both on and off the field.
"There has been a lot of speculation about different aspects of Dublin hurling over the last few months. For the record, every decision that my backroom team and I made was always in the best interests of Dublin senior hurling.
"Furthermore, Dublin hurling supporters should be in no doubt that this group of players have massive desire to represent Dublin and possess huge dedication and commitment to their county.
"I would like to wish my successor the very best for the future."
Elsewhere, Cork will have to plan without Darragh Fitzgibbon for Wednesday night's Munster U2-1 hurling final against Limerick after he lost his appeal against the red card he picked up in the semi-final win over Waterford.
The Charleville midfielder contested a one-match ban for a strike on Waterford goalkeeper Billy Nolan, but failed to overturn the suspension.