Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dublin GAA chairman bemused by flood of bets on Pat Gilroy to be next hurling boss

Pat Gilroy
Pat Gilroy
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

THE Dublin county board is adamant that it has yet to launch the search for a new hurling manager.

This message came in the wake of yesterday’s announcement that bookmakers BoyleSports have suspended betting on Pat Gilroy succeeding Ger Cunningham in the Sky Blue hotseat.

Gilroy, of course, has impeccable managerial credentials - in football, having led the Dubs to the Sam Maguire summit in 2011, thus ending a 16-year All-Ireland famine.

County board chairman Seán Shanley sounded mystified when contacted by The Herald over this latest leftfield development. “We haven’t opened the process yet to find one,” said Shanley. “We haven’t started looking.”

According to BoyleSports, Gilroy started the day at 6/1 in the betting but, due to “overwhelming demand”, he was quickly cut into 3/1 ... and subsequently into even money before betting was suspended.

It is believed that Gilroy and the County Board had brief discussions with regard to the St Vincent’s man taking on the job prior to Ger Cunningham’s appointment three years ago.

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