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When it's about pitching gaa t managershere there have been many good ones over the years. Let's take a look at the top three pitch managers in order not to win an All-Ireland. This does not take into account their careers, only management careers.
- Derek McGrath – Managed McGrath was appointed manager of Waterford in 2013. He would take them to a league title in 2015. Waterford narrowly missed the 2017 final to Galway, 0-26 to 2-17. McGrath was involved with the Wexford club, Faythe Harriers the past few months.
2) Anthony Daly – Dalo beat All-Ireland as a Banner player in 1995 and 1997. The Clarecastle native ended his cross-county pitching career in 2002. Daly was appointed manager of Clare in 2003. In that first year, Clare was hammered by Waterford, in 2005. they left the provincial series earlier in defeat. They progressed to the Irish semi-finals with Cork. However, Cork, who was behind by 6 points, retaliated and won the game by one point. Cork beat Clare in 2006, but through the qualifiers they advanced and reached the Irish semi-finals. They would lose to Clare and Dalo would resign.
Daly took the mantle as head of Dublin in 2008, following club management periods in Kilmoyley and Kilmihill. Daly led Dublin to win the Leinster title in 2013 and the national championship in 2011. Leinster's title was Dublin's first in 52 years.
3) Anthony Cunningham – Cunningham has been heavily involved in administration since 2004. He would train Roscommon's attackers, St Brigids (Roscommon), Garrycastle (Westmeath) at the club level. Cunningham took over as head of the Galway U21 in 2009. The St Thomas club won the Irish title in 2010 as the head of the Galway U21. Anthony was named senior chief of Galway in 2011. He stepped down in 2015. He guided them to the Leinster title in 2012, before losing to Kilkenny in the final later that year. They lost the final again in 2015 to Kilkenny.
These are my top three pitch managers for not winning an All-Ireland.