Sunday 19 November 2017

Gilroy refuses to rush decision on Dubs future

Pat Gilroy. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Gilroy. Photo: Sportsfile

Ruaidhri O'Connor, Exclusive

PAT Gilroy is refusing to rush the decision on his future and will give himself at least another week to contemplate his position as Dublin manager.

The All-Ireland winning boss will use tomorrow's meeting with the players to ascertain their feelings on next season, before he is scheduled to meet his employers Dalkia next week to gauge their thoughts on him continuing such a high-profile, extra-curricular role that demands so much of his time.

Dublin fans are fretting that the man who finally delivered the Sam Maguire Cup after a 16-year wait might walk away, but although he is the recipient of plenty of public goodwill, Gilroy is not yet committing to the job for another year.

Although experienced selector Mickey Whelan has stepped down, most of the playing squad are expected to return to defend their title, although corner-back Paul Conlon is set to go travelling.

"It will be probably be another week or two before I reach the end of the road on making the decision," he told the Irish Independent. "Work is a really key part of this and my guys are not based in Ireland. I've a meeting with them next week and that will be a big part in what I do.

"Friday's meeting is to talk to the players about some of the stuff that has to be wound up, to understand what guys are doing next year.

"I think most of them will come back, but you just don't know in this day and age. Some guys might have to go overseas to get work, so part of the meeting will be to gather that information on Friday.

"It's a huge commitment and in this economic environment, if fellas haven't got work, they might have to go. Most of our fellas are in jobs, but you don't know are they happy in them, so we'll try and tease some of that out as well."

Meanwhile, Gilroy branded the All Stars as being "irrelevant" now that his players have reached their Holy Grail -- 12 of his panel were nominated, but captain Bryan Cullen was a notable absentee.

"Fellas won't dwell too long on that sort of thing," he said. "It's nice for them to get All Stars, but it's all about the All Ireland. Now that they have a medal, the All Star stuff is irrelevant."

Club commitments for several Dublin players means Stephen Cluxton is the only member of the All-Ireland winning team included on the 31-man provisional panel for the upcoming International Rules series -- Kerry have four on it, including Australia-based duo Tommy Walsh and Tadhg Kennelly. The final panel of 23 will be announced next Tuesday.

PRELIMINARY INTERNATIONAL RULES PANEL -- S Cluxton (Dublin), L Glynn (Wicklow), R Kelly (Kildare), E Bolton (Kildare), B Murphy (Carlow), C Begley (Laois), K Reilly (Meath), K Lacey (Donegal), N McGee (Donegal), M Murphy (Donegal), S McDonnell (Armagh), C McKeever (Armagh), D Hughes (Down), K McKernan (Down), J McMahon (Tyrone), D Hughes (Monaghan), F Hanley (Galway), D Vaughan (Mayo), E Cadogan (Cork), A Walsh (Cork), P Kelly (Cork), T O'Connor (Kildare), E Callaghan (Kildare), K Donaghy (Kerry), Darran O'Sullivan (Kerry), T Walsh (Kerry/St Kilda), M Quinn (Longford /Essendon), C McKaigue (Derry/ Sydney Swans), Z Touhy (Laois/Carlton), T Kennelly (Kerry/ Sydney Swans), P Hanley (Mayo/Brisbane Lions).

Irish Independent

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