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Dubs set November 7 deadline for Gilroy's decision

PAT Gilroy's future will be decided this week as speculation increases that he is poised to agree to another significant tenure as Dublin manager.

The Dublin county board have asked for an answer from their All-Ireland-winning manager prior to the November 7 meeting of the board, at which they hope to ratify Gilroy for at least another two years at the helm.

Gilroy is thought to have been given the green light from his employers but has yet to reach an agreement with the county board.

Initially, his professional and family commitments were expected to be the biggest obstacles in the way of a bid to retain Sam Maguire.

Now, however, it seems a formality that he will be given the backing of the Dublin executive and clubs and Gilroy is thought to be willing to extend his tenure beyond 2012.

One of his backroom team -- David Hickey -- has already signalled his willingess to continue, and although Mickey Whelan announced he would be vacating his selector/trainer role in the aftermath of Dublin's All-Ireland final victory, there is a belief that if Gilroy agrees to stay he can convince Whelan to change his mind.

Whelan was considered a vital cog in the operation and remains close to Gilroy from their time together with St Vincent's, which culminated in the Marino club winning the 2008 All-Ireland club championship.

It is also expected that the majority of the squad will remain intact.

Corner-back Paul Conlon has left the country for a prolonged stint travelling and has yet to set a return date, but no one else has signalled an intention to leave.

Veterans Paul Casey, David Henry and Tomás Quinn, however, will weigh up their options after a season in which they played infrequently.