Robertson poised to replace Whelan
FORMER Dublin star Ian Robertson is being lined up to join Pat Gilroy's management team.
It's understood the Ballymun Kickhams clubman is poised to become a selector as part of a revamped backroom set-up, replacing Mickey Whelan who retired as selector/coach in the wake of last September's All-Ireland win.
Robertson was one of the most talented young Dublin footballers to emerge during the mid-90s , skippering the Sky Blue minors to a Leinster title in 1994, but his senior career was blighted by a succession of serious injuries.
Ironically, it was Whelan who handed 'Robbo' his Leinster SFC debut in 1997, when he played full-back against Meath.
Once touted as the centre-back heir apparent to Keith Barr, 'Robbo' was reinvented as a full-forward by Tom Carr.
His final championship appearance came at full-forward and coincided with Tommy Lyons' Sky Blue swansong, the 2004 All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry.