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Farrell to take over as Dubs' U21 boss

DESSIE Farrell has agreed to become the new Dublin U21 football manager.

The former minor boss is set to be ratified in the role at the next meeting of the county board.

Jim Gavin's promotion to the senior post after Pat Gilroy vacated the position left a void in the U21 role, one which Gavin held for five years, winning three Leinster titles and two All-Irelands in a distinguished term of service.

Farrell (left) managed the Dublin minors to their first All-Ireland at the grade since 1984 in September and brought the 2011 vintage to the final, where they lost to Tipperary.

The Na Fianna man brought the matter group through the development squad age groups and would, in theory, have the pick of both sets of players -- as well as plenty of the successful 2012 crop -- to chose from for next season's panel.

Dublin are drawn at home to Carlow in the opening round of next year's Cadbury's U21 FC.

The winners then face Longford, with Meath, Kildare and Laois all on the opposite side of the draw.

Cyril Kevlehan is in the frame to become next year's Dublin minor manager after bringing next year's crop through.