Thursday 21 November 2019

Gilroy set to call time with Dubs as Gavin moves into 'favourite' spot

Pat Gilroy
Pat Gilroy
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Pat Gilroy looks set to pull the plug on his time with Dublin after Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.

Gilroy gave nothing away in the immediate aftermath of the defeat, laughing that he didn't know what he was doing next week, never mind next year because of the nature of his business.

But all the indications are that Gilroy will not seek a further extension to his time with Dublin, which saw a return to All-Ireland glory last year for the first time in 16 years.

Gilroy would have the support of players, the county board and supporters alike if he did choose to continue, but optimism was not high around the capital that he would.

He only sought a one-year extension last year after weeks of speculation over his future in the wake of the All-Ireland success.

As chief executive of Dalkia Ireland, with a workforce of about 550, the demands on his time are high and he made no secret of the pressures in the current economic climate when he agreed to stay on last year.

In the event of a vacancy, Jim Gavin -- who has spearheaded two of the past three All-Ireland U-21 successes -- would appear to be an automatic choice, with Dessie Farrell, the current minor manager, moving up to the U-21 job.

Meanwhile, Kieran McGeeney looks set to see out the remaining year of his second three-year term in Kildare.

Confirmation of that is expected in the coming days after strong doubts emerged towards the end of last week that he would continue.

There was concern among many of the Kildare players that McGeeney was preparing to step down, but that changed before last weekend.

However, it is thought unlikely that the confirmation will come about as soon as tonight when the county board is due to meet.

Irish Independent

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