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Sunday 19 November 2017

Cororcan: Gilroy era to set bar higher

Kilmacud Crokes hurler Niall Corcoran with the New Ireland Assurance Company Perpetual Challenge Cup during a Dublin SFC/SHC Finals media day at Parnell Park yesterday. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kilmacud Crokes hurler Niall Corcoran with the New Ireland Assurance Company Perpetual Challenge Cup during a Dublin SFC/SHC Finals media day at Parnell Park yesterday. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Just now, the Dublin hurling fraternity are awaiting Pat Gilroy's first movements in his new role.

It is expected that a management team will be revealed this week.

Anthony Cunningham could be backed up by Mickey Whelan (fitness) and Paddy O'Donoghue (logistics), both elements of Gilroy's original football backroom staff.

It is anticipated too that Gilroy will reprise the regional tournament he staged after assuming the football job in late 2008, from which he will predominantly select a squad for Dublin's trip to Boston next month to take on Galway.

And while it has been widely speculated that Gilroy will repatriate at least some of those Dublin hurlers who vacated the squad in recent seasons, Niall Corcoran reckons the turnover in players could be higher than expected.

"I wouldn't be surprised if you saw a couple of other lads maybe decide it wasn't for them with the standards he sets," the former Dublin defender pointed out.

"I know from talking to Rory O'Carroll in the past that when Pat came in with them at the start, it was a very direct style of management," he explained.

"And I think long-term, maybe that's what Dublin needs; to set those high standards and for the players to reach those standards."

Talent

Corcoran, who will line out for Kilmacud Crokes in Saturday's Dublin SHC final, is adamant that there is sufficient talent in the capital from which to construct a team capable to competing with the best teams in the country.

He warns, though, that the process may be neither smooth nor swift.

"When you look at Gilroy taking over the footballers, they were hammered by Kerry in 2009. I think they inploded against Meath in a Leinster Championship game," he pointed out.

"I think it will take time. I think it will take a bit of time to put that squad together. Bar a couple of older players, maybe the likes of Dotsy and Ryan (O'Dwyer) and Gary Maguire, they are a fairly young squad.

"Obviously you have the likes of Liam Rushe there and David Treacy and you expect those guys to take on a leadership role now with Chris Crummey.

"But I still think it will take the three years for him to develop his style."

Similarly Corcoran, a Galway native, is curious about Anthony Cunningham's anticipated role in the new team.

"From what I hear, he likes to be the boss and Pat likes to be the boss too. So it will be interesting to see how that dynamic works.

Rivalry

"There has been a huge rivalry between Dublin and Galway in the past," he added.

"There have been nasty enough affairs but if he comes in, it's no (different) than when Tommy Dunne came in, a Tipperary man.

"When he came in he set a high standard in training. If he does the same," Corcoran concludes, "the players will all just get on with it."

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