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Jim the choice for Dubs

ALL eyes turn to Jim Gavin now after Pat Gilroy's surprise resignation last night as the search for a new Dublin manager begins.

Gavin (above), a team-mate of Gilroy's during their All-Ireland success of 1995, has guided Dublin to two All-Ireland Under 21 titles in the past three years.

County board chairman Andy Kettle told the Herald: "There would be several candidates (in the mix to replace Gilroy) but there would be one in particular, who we would be certainly talking to."

The county board's management committee are set to meet next Monday night, when it is expected they will officially identify Gavin as their preferred replacement and approach the Round Towers man about succeeding Gilroy.

The outgoing manager informed the Dublin squad last night that due to work and family commitments, he wouldn't be seeking a fifth year at the helm.

Dublin defender Philly McMahon told the Herald today he was "genuinely shocked" at the announcement.

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