Dubs will not replace Whelan in backroom
MICKEY WHELAN may have stepped down as coach and selector to the Dublin senior football team following last September's All-Ireland SFC success but showed he has lost none of his enthusiasm for the game by attending yesterday's Evening Herald/Dubs Stars games at a cold Kiltipper Road.
However, Dubs boss Pat Gilroy moved quickly afterwards to nip in the bud any suggestion that Whelan was back on board as the Dubs commenced their 2012 preparations.
Gilroy added that he would not be directly replacing his fellow St Vincent’s clubman, Whelan, among his backroom staff.
“We’ll belt away. There are lads who were involved last year and we'll start off with the same people who were involved last year,” stressed Gilroy.
The Dubs face Carlow in Dr Cullen Park next Sunday (2.0) in the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup while the open their Allianz NFL Division 1 campaign against Kerry in Croke Park on Saturday, February 4 - a game which forms part of a double-header with the meeting of Kildare and Tyrone.
While he did not feature in yesterday’s Dubs Stars clash, Ger Brennan is expected to be available for the upcoming O’Byrne Cup.
The Dublin centre-back blew away the festive cobwebs by taking part in yesterday’s Tom Brennan Memorial 5k road race in the Phoenix Park.
The full programme of O'Byrne Cup games for Sunday (all games 2.0) is - Navan: Meath v Wexford; Baltinglass: Wicklow v DCU; Longford: Longford v Athlone IT; Newbridge: Kildare v DIT; Tullamore: Offaly v Westmeath; Dr Cullen Park: Carlow v Dublin; Crettyard: Laois v UCD.
Louth have received a walkover from Kilkenny and advance to face the winners of Meath v Wexford (away).