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Minor boss Boland may graduate to fill U21 vacancy

SHAY BOLAND has been asked to take the reigns with the Dublin under-21 hurlers and could be appointed to the role by the next full county board meeting.

The St Oliver Plunkett's/ER man led the county minors to successive All-Ireland finals, losing last year to Galway and last Sunday to Tipperary in a replay.

Questioned about his future afterwards, Boland was non-committal, stating: "I don't know. I feel I've done enough at this stage. In fairness, I'm at this since under-16 and two years at minor and maybe the lads now need to hear a different voice."

However, county board chairman, Andy Kettle, has confirmed that Boland was approached almost immediately about the under-21 job and was in the process of mulling it over.

Last year, former Kilkenny All-Ireland winner John Henderson took charge as Dublin surrendered their Leinster crown in unspectacular circumstances to Laois while John McEvoy - who formed a link between the under-21 and senior setups the year previous - has left Anthony Daly's management team and is thought to be in the running to take over the vacant Laois senior position.

The Dublin county board are hopeful that both Boland and Dessie Farrell will make the graduation to manage Dublin's under-21s in 2013 and that both appointments will be pushed through at the November county board meeting.