Thursday 22 March 2018

Gilroy set to throw light on Dublin future after meeting with players

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Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

PAT GILROY'S future as Dublin manager is expected to become clearer after a meeting with the players on Friday night.

Gilroy's intentions for the 2012 season have been uncertain since the Dubs landed their first All- Ireland title in 16 years just over a fortnight ago and it's understood that this will be the squad's first formal gathering since their success.

Although his three-year term is up, hopes have been high in the capital that the chance to retain Sam Maguire would persuade Gilroy to sign up for another stint. Conversely, there has been speculation that work and family commitments will see his reign come to an end.

Even if Gilroy remains, his backroom team is set to change. Mickey Whelan has already indicated that he will not return as team trainer for next season, while selector Dr Dave Hickey has indicated a willingness to stay on.

Meanwhile, the Dubs' All-Ireland winning captain Bryan Cullen has failed to make the shortlist for the 2011 Opel GAA/GPA All Stars.

Dublin polled highest with 12 nominations, matching Kerry's 2009 haul. But Cullen's industry and leadership across the half-forward line was overlooked in preference to Kevin McManamon's game-changing feats in the All-Ireland semi-final and final.

Elsewhere, John Allen's name will be put before a meeting of the Limerick management committee tomorrow night for ratification as the next hurling manager.

Allen is the recommendation of the three-man committee which was tasked with finding a successor to Donal O'Grady, who stepped down last month.

Former Armagh defender John Rafferty has become Kieran McGeeney's latest addition to the Kildare backroom team. He will replace Aidan O'Rourke who switched to Down last month.

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