There could be a familiar face back on the GAA side lines in 2018 with shock news that Pat Gilroy has over the past few days emerged as the front runner to replace Ger Cunningham as Dublin senior hurling manager.
Gilroy famously managed the Dublin football team in the past, and was the man in charge when Dublin won the Ireland football championship in 2011 and in the process ended a run of sixteen years without the famous Sam Maguire cup residing in the capital.
Boylesports have suspended betting in the market after the 2011 All-Ireland winning football manager was the subject of a big gamble yesterday.
The St Vincent’s clubman started the day at 6/1, but due to the overwhelming demand, he was quickly cut into 3/1The last price he was backed at with Boylesports was even money.
Although the bookies are certainly treating the story with a great deal of respect there are GAA officials in the capital that are not getting carried away with the speculation linking the former All Ireland winning football manager with a swap to the small ball game.
Dublin have endured a couple of difficult under the watch of Ger Cunningham and the pressure is on officials to try and find a new manager that could help the Dublin Hurlers back to the glory days of Anthony Daly. The former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham has also been linked to the role as has the current Wexford boss Davey Fitzgerald and Derek Mc Grath who has of course guided his native Waterford to this year’s All Ireland final where they will take on Galway in three week’s time.
Dublin officials have confirmed that they would like to have somebody in place for the resumption of the Dublin hurling championship in the third or fourth week of September.