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posted 29 Sept 2011, 03:41 by Unknown user   [ updated 29 Sept 2011, 03:41 by Colm Beirne ]

Anthony Daly believes that Davy Fitzgerald will help transform Clare’s fortunes and lead them to a Munster Championship title.

Fitzgerald’s appointment as the new Clare manager will be ratified on October 11, and Daly, a former Banner boss, is confident that his former team-mate is the best man for the job.

"He was the obvious candidate once he said he was interested," said Daly in the Irish Independent. "He has worked with Waterford for four years, won a Munster championship, been in four All-Ireland semi-finals, an All-Ireland final; he has two Fitzgibbons won. He can't win much more to be fair to him.

"He would be well organised, has savage passion and he'd know the players well having worked at colleges level the last few years.”

Former Waterford star Dan Shanahan has urged the county board to act swiftly and appoint the new Déise boss sooner rather than later.

Shanahan, the 2007 Hurler of the Year, speaking to the Irish Examiner, believes Davy Fitzgerald’s successor will once again come from outside the county.

"There are so many rumours about the thing and far too many names being bandied about. I would personally like to see it sorted soon. The club championships are in the knockout stages and there are a lot of junior and intermediate hurlers that need to be looked at."

Most of this morning’s papers report that Croke Park has been made available to the Ladies Gaelic Football Association for the Intermediate and Junior All-Ireland final replays on Sunday week.

The Irish International Rules management will stage a final trial and training camp ahead of next month’s tour Down Under this weekend, according to the Irish Times.

Selector Kevin O’Brien has admitted that it has been difficult making final decisions due to the conflict with club championships, but he is hopeful that there will be some representation from All-Ireland finalists, Dublin and Kerry.

“We’d certainly hope to have a few more of the Dublin and Kerry players along this weekend,” says O’Brien. “The management are meeting ourselves this evening, because right now we still don’t know what players still caught up in their club championships will be available, but hopefully we will have a few more to come in.

“The first person in there last Saturday was Stephen Cluxton, so he’s on board, but then he has championship now this weekend, with Parnells.

“Kieran Donaghy has expressed an interest, but again it will depend on his club commitments. Darran O’Sullivan as well. So we’d certainly hope to have a few Kerry and Dublin players on the team, for sure.”