Friday 20 October 2017

Gilroy signs with Dubs for one more year

Pat Gilroy: agreement reached. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Gilroy: agreement reached. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Pat Gilroy will remain on as Dublin football manager for another year after agreement was reached prior to last night's County Board meeting.

Seven weeks on from their All-Ireland triumph over Kerry, Gilroy and the Dublin management agreed on another term, which will see him stay in place until at least the end of the 2012 championship. There had been discussions last week and the board had left it with Gilroy over the weekend to convey his intentions.

It is understood there were a few issues that needed to be cleared up before the green light was given.

A brief statement from Dublin County Board confirmed that Gilroy had been reappointed, but only for one season. There was expectation that he would commit for two years.

"The Dublin County Committee reappointed Pat Gilroy as manager of the Dublin senior football team for the 2012 season. Pat will finalise his management team when activity resumes in January," the statement read.

Mickey Whelan, who declared his intention to step down after the All-Ireland win, is expected to be on board again as coach when preparations get going in the new year.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle said the composition of the back-room team did not come up in discussions.

"Our priority was to get Pat, and after that he'll put a back-room team together in his own time.

"He has committed for one year and we'll see after that.

"The same reasons he had to think long and hard about staying on this time were a factor in committing for just one season -- work and family," said Kettle.

The Dublin players and management will launch their commemorative book 'A Rare Auld Season' in the Mansion House tonight.

The book features a brief interview with Stephen Cluxton who talks about the All-Ireland triumph.

Irish Independent

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