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Decision time for Gilroy

PAT Gilroy will reveal tonight whether he is to accept a new term as Dublin manager and attempt to lead them to another All-Ireland, as the capital's football fraternity anxiously await confirmation.

Gilroy will this evening inform Dublin top brass whether he has decided to extend his tenure or -- in a nightmare scenario for the Hill 16 faithful -- call it a day after three years in charge, having guided the county to a first All-Ireland title in 16 years.

Dublin's management committee are due to meet Gilroy tonight prior to their own gathering at 6pm in Parnell Park, where they will table a motion to ratify the St Vincent's man for another term or begin the dreaded search for a new manager.

It is, however, expected that Gilroy will agree to another term of office -- most likely two years -- although county board officials have insisted that weekend reports that the deal had already been done were premature.

"There are still a few 'I's' to be dotted and 'T's' to be crossed but there isn't a huge amount to be done," chairman Andy Kettle told the Evening Herald.

"We will meet Pat tonight and hopefully it is positive news."

However, Kettle has also admitted that "plan B is thin on the ground" in the event that Gilroy walks away, adding: "There are ramifications in that the U21s need a manager, and you cannot ask anybody to take it because the people who would be in the front line for that, if Pat doesn't take it, would then consider themselves prime candidates for the top job."

Although Gilroy is expected to be ratified by a gathering of the county board, which begins after the management committee meeting, his backroom team has yet to be decided. Trainer Mickey Whelan has announced his intention to step aside, but may be persuaded to stay if Gilroy continues.

The Dublin county board are expected to release a statement after tonight's meeting.


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