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Mickey ahead of his time when he took over in '95


Mickey Whelan was the Dublin manager that handed a young Whelan his big break, in 1996, and the latter declared: "I'm personally delighted for him, because he took a hell of a lot of stick in '96/97 -- he was basically hounded out of the job. To come back and get over the line was fantastic for him."

Harking back to '96, Whelan recalled: "He took over an All-Ireland winning team and they didn't adjust well to him at the time ... I thoroughly enjoyed the training then, he had a massive impact on the younger players at the time.

"He was probably ahead of his time. Back then it was still about running laps and all about being timed on the clock. Everything he did revolved around the ball."

Whelan feared that if Gilroy departs now, following the lead of Dr Pat O'Neill in 1995, the Dublin job will hold a "similar threat" as it did for Mickey Whelan when he took over 16 years ago.

Meanwhile, Bernard Brogan has revealed plans for a trip to Australia and New Zealand after the Dublin club season comes to an end -- but intends being back for next year's National League.

FORMER Dublin footballer Jack Sheedy has been linked with the managerial vacancy in Offaly and is one of the three likely to succeed Tom Cribbin, along with former Offaly stars Tom Cofffey and Stephen Darby.

TIPPERARY hurlers are searching for a new physical coach following the departure of Kildare native Cian O'Neill.