Dublin hopes on the rise as Gilroy looks set to stay at helm
There was increasing optimism in Dublin football circles last night that Pat Gilroy will stay on as manager.
Dublin County Board officials have not yet had any official communication with Gilroy on the matter and have left it to him to convey his wishes in his own time.
But it looks increasingly likely that the All-Ireland winning boss will commit for at least another year.
Gilroy was to have meetings with his employers Dalkia this week to determine their position on his possible continuation as Dublin manager.
He had a meeting with his players last Friday and those present are understood to have come away with a strong feeling that he'll be back on board in 2012.
Mickey Whelan may also be involved again, despite indicating that he was stepping down as coach just a few days after the All-Ireland triumph.
Meanwhile, Waterford County Board are to recommend Michael Ryan as their new hurling manager along with a backroom team comprising of Pat Flanagan, Nicky Cashin and Br. Philip Ryan.
A Special County Board meeting is being convened for next Monday night to approve this recommendation.