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Bernard keeping fingers crossed Pat stays

AS D-DAY for Pat Gilroy's Dublin managerial career approaches, his 2010 Footballer of the Year, Bernard Brogan, has joined the chorus urging the St Vincent's man to sign up for another crack at Sam Maguire.

Gilroy is currently mulling over whether to accept a new tenure in charge of the Dubs after leading them to All-Ireland success on September 18 and is expected to give his word to the county board in advance of next Monday's scheduled meeting of club delegates.

"I think Pat is making a call over the next week, so we are hoping everything goes well," said Brogan.

"We've given him our thoughts as players and we want him there.

"We are hoping he takes it on board and comes with us again because we know he has a lot more to give us and we've a lot more we can learn from him and you never know where the team could go."

Ideally, the board intend ratifying Gilroy on a new two-year term next Monday, but if he decides not to accept their invitation to continue, Dublin's top-brass would need to kick off the process of selecting and appointing a successor.

Initially, it was feared that Gilroy would walk away on the ultimate high after guiding Dublin to All-Ireland glory due to work and family commitments but it is understood that he has been given the green light from both to extend his reign.

All that remains is his own negotiations with the Dublin county board and the two parties are likely to hammer out the details in the coming days.

If Gilroy does stay, it looks increasingly likely that he will attempt to persuade trainer Mickey Whelan to row back on his decision to retire.

The man who led Vincent's to the 2008 All-Ireland club title signaled his intention to stand down from his role in the immediate aftermath of the defeat of Kerry but it appears that Gilroy is optimistic that he can retain the backroom team of this season.

Meanwhile, current Footballer of the Year, Alan Brogan, is expected to take his place in the St Oliver Plunkett's/ER team to face St Brigid's in Sunday's Evening Herald Dublin SFC final in Parnell Park.

The eldest of the Brogan clan missed Plunkett's first two championship matches since the competition resumed but made a second-half appearance from the bench last week as the Navan Road club guaranteed their place in the final by beating Lucan Sarsfields.


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