Monday 16 September 2019

Dublin hurling D-Day as County Board set to decide between Pat Gilroy and Mattie Kenny for top job

Mattie Kenny (left) and Pat Gilroy (right).
Mattie Kenny (left) and Pat Gilroy (right).

Conor McKeon

THE identity of Dublin’s new senior hurling manager will be revealed tomorrow night, with the county board now tasked with choosing between Pat Gilroy and Mattie Kenny.

A meeting of Dublin’s management committee scheduled for yesterday evening had been postponed until tomorrow night, when the two names will be put to members.

Once their preferred candidate has been chosen, a motion will be tabled at a full meeting of the county committee directly afterwards to ratify the new manager on what is expected to be a three-year term.

Initially, the county board had hoped to have Ger Cunningham’s replacement in situ prior to the resumption of the Dublin SHC but the participation of the county footballers in the All-Ireland final caused some delay to the process.

All four club senior quarter-finals will be played this Sunday, with Kenny’s Cuala playing St Brigid’s in O’Toole Park at 4pm.

Already betting has been suspended with one bookmaker on Gilroy getting the job and though both the county board and the former Dublin Senior football manager himself were initially bemused by the talk, it is understood that both have warmed to the idea.

Gilroy stood down as football manager in 2012 after his career took him to London but the St Vincent’s man has been based in Ireland for the past six months after changing jobs.

Gilroy has limited hurling experience but could bring in former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham as part of his team.

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Kenny, meanwhile, was part of Cunningham’s Tribesmen management team in 2011 and 2012 and under his guidance, Cuala became the first Dublin club to win the All-Ireland club title back in March.

Kenny, who was passed over for the Galway job in favour of Mícheál O’Donoghue in 2015, may stand down with immediate affect from Cuala if appointed.

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