Thursday 22 February 2018

Kenny Dubs favourite despite link to gilroy

Mattie Kenny is thought to be the favoured candidate after guiding Cuala to an All-Ireland club championship in March. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Mattie Kenny is thought to be the favoured candidate after guiding Cuala to an All-Ireland club championship in March. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mattie Kenny remains favourite for the Dublin hurling management job despite a bookmaker stopping taking any further bets on Pat Gilroy as Ger Cunningham's replacement.

BoyleSports announced yesterday that they were suspending betting on the 2011 All-Ireland-winning football manager taking over the role.

Gilroy has been heading up a committee in Wicklow to oversee development of Gaelic football and produce a long-term plan. He was asked to fulfil the role by Leinster GAA. He stepped down from the Dublin football job in 2012.

The St Vincent's clubman has no experience as a hurling coach at that level but could bring strong management skills to any position.

Kenny is however thought to be the favoured candidate after guiding Cuala to an All-Ireland club championship in March.

Dublin had a poor year, culminating in relegation from Division 1A and a championship campaign that ended with heavy defeats to Galway in Leinster and Tipperary in an All-Ireland qualifier last month.

Cunningham has since stepped down after three years in charge.

Meanwhile, Mattie McGleenan has been confirmed as Cavan manager for a second season, but his backroom team will have a new look in 2017.

Trainer Finbar O'Reilly and strength and conditioning coach Eoin Maguire have stepped away, and the former Tyrone forward is on the look-out for replacements. McGleenan revealed last night that he has already begun preparations for next season, having taken his first step into the world of inter-county management this year.

The Breffni men suffered relegation from Division One in the league, and after losing their Ulster SFC opener to Monaghan, they scored a qualifier win over Offaly before losing to Tipperary.

"This is a big year for me. I want to see that I can do with this football team over the next 12 months," he said.

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