Thursday 23 November 2017

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.

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