Monday 18 December 2017

Men who held dublin reins since Pat O'neill

Took over from Pat O'Neill when the Dubs were reigning All-Ireland champions, but he endured a turbulent reign which ended in 1999 when he resigned after a league defeat to Offaly when his training methods had been called into question.

He later guided St Vincent's to the All-Ireland club title in 2008 and is back on board as coach of the current Dublin side under Pat Gilroy.

Tommy carr


Carr replaced Mickey Whelan for the 1999 championship campaign, but his reign didn't yield much success and is often remembered for how it ended.

After a split vote at a county board meeting, chairman John Bailey's casting vote saw Carr ousted despite Dessie Farrell's plea for him to remain as manager.

Later in his career, he had stints with Roscommon and more recently Cavan, who he parted company with in 2010.

Tommy lyons


Lyons might have got the job after O'Neill having guided Kilmacud Crokes to an All-Ireland club title, but his first year at the helm was his best as he guided Dublin to a Leinster title.

They lost by a single point to Armagh in the All-Ireland semi-final when Ray Cosgrove's late free came back off the post.

Paul caffrey


Caffrey had been earmarked for the job when he stood in as Dublin manager when Tommy Lyons was hospitalised the night before the All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal, which they drew.

Caffrey won Leinster titles in each of his four seasons in charge. However, Dublin consistently failed to make the breakthrough in the All-Ireland series and after a hammering at the hands of Tyrone in 2008, he resigned. He has since acted as Leinster manager for the inter-provincial series.

Pat gilroy


After his first season in charge, Gilroy has remodelled Dublin and has overseen a steady improvement.

Last year's championship win over Tyrone was their first significant scalp in years, but when Dublin lost an eight-point lead in this year's league final against Cork, there was a hint of their old failings. A win in Croke Park tonight would silence the doubters.

Irish Independent

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