DESSIE FARRELL has been confirmed as manager of Dublin's U21 footballers for 2014.
This year the Dubs were a surprise exit to Longford at the Leinster quarter-final stages back in March, but Farrell's reappointment is a sign of Dublin's determination to regain the provincial and All-Ireland titles the county won so admirably 12 months ago.
One man who is more than familiar with Farrell's managerial abilities is former Dublin senior Alan 'Nipper' McNally, who has served under Farrell as selector for the past three years, both at minor and U21 level.
The St Anne's clubman is in no doubt as to the benefits of retaining Farrell for another year, and is optimistic that the Dubs will benefit from the drive, football know-how and ambition that Farrell brings to the table.
"I think it is great news for Dublin football. Dessie leaves no stone unturned in his preparations and is a top man to work with," said McNally.
"I've worked with a lot of managers down the years and he's definitely up there with the best of them.
"He has a good familiarity with the lads from the 2011 and 2012 minor teams and that is definitely a bonus."
Two successive All-Ireland minor final appearances, including ultimate national glory last year reflect positively on Farrell and the manner in which Dublin reacted from their MFC loss to Tipperary the previous year highlights Farrell's inner steel.
"After losing to Tipperary in 2011, I think Dessie showed great character in being able to deliver an All-Ireland the following year for the county," added McNally.
"I would imagine he'd be looking to do something similar next year."
Currently senior boss Jim Gavin has the likes of Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion, Ciarán Kilkenny, Cormac Costello, Davey Byrne, Shane Carthy, Eric Lowndes and Emmet ó Conghaile in his squad - all are eligible for u21 action next year.