Dublin hurling’s gain is definitely RTÉ’s loss. Anthony Daly’s appointment as manager of the capital’s poor relations for the next two years will deprive ‘The Sunday Game’ of its best asset, in my view.

The former Clare captain and manager is one of the more likeable and knowledgeable pundits around.

Chances are that Ger Loughnane will slip back into his place. Two Claremen was always going to be one too many – especially when they didn’t see eye to eye. Likewise, would Daly have been interesting in taking on the Dubs had Loughnane been left in charge of Galway?

The 2009 Leinster hurling championship will be the most interesting ever, with ex-Offaly boss John McIntyre set to renew rivalries with Kilkenny.

The Connacht Tribune sports editor revealed that his predecessor was the first person to congratulate him in getting the Galway job at the third time of asking; somewhat surprising, he thought, given the paper’s critical slant on Loughnane’s tenure.

Maybe it’s because Ger will soon be running with the media pack again. If John doesn’t get Galway going you can be sure his successor won’t be long in deciding it’s payback time.