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High noon unveiling for new Dubs boss

Published 10/10/2008 | 00:00

Pat Gilroy has only recently retired from playing but is now in the frame to take over from Paul Caffrey
Pat Gilroy has only recently retired from playing but is now in the frame to take over from Paul Caffrey

Pat Gilroy will be unveiled as the new Dublin football manager at a noon press conference in Parnell Park today.

Gilroy's shock appointment as Paul Caffrey's replacement went off without a hitch at a county board meeting last night with Mickey Whelan, Paddy O'Donoghue (Kilmacud Crokes) and Paul Nugent (Thomas Davis) as selectors.

Gilroy won an All-Ireland medal with St Vincent's earlier this year when Whelan was coach and is only 36 years old.

His rise to arguably the toughest job in Gaelic football comes with the blessing of the last two men to manage All-Ireland-winning Dublin football teams, Kevin Heffernan and Pat O'Neill.

O'Neill and Heffernan formed the core of a sourcing committee set up to find a replacement for Caffrey.

Gilroy has only scant management experience, but Dublin officials see his successful background in business -- he is managing director of Dalkia in Ireland -- as the perfect foil for Whelan's scientific coaching approach.

It has emerged that Professor Niall Moyna will take a more detailed role in the preparation of the team and that Dublin will conduct most of their preparations at Dublin City University, where Whelan has recently been studying for a doctorate.

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