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Sunday 9 December 2018

Gilroy exit fears

Dubs chiefs seriously worried manager about to call it a day

THE celebrations are ongoing but the nightmare possibility of Dublin needing to find a new senior football manager is slowly dawning.

Pat Gilroy's three-year term of office is up, culminating in Sunday's epic All-Ireland final win over Kerry and despite widespread belief that he would stay on for at least one more year, the spectre of the St Vincent's man leaving on such a high is one that Dublin supporters face over the coming weeks.

Gilroy's immediate future is unclear and there are serious worries within with the corridors of Dublin GAA that he could yet decide to quit at the top.

If he decides to call it a day, Gilroy will follow the lead of his predecessor as an All-Ireland winning Dublin manager, Pat O'Neill.

Back in November 1995, O'Neill chose the same exit plan after the dust had settled on Dublin's All-Ireland success culminating in the appointment of Mickey Whelan - one of the masterminds of last Sunday's win.

Meanwhile captain Bryan Cullen has yet to put pen to paper on the contract he's been offered by Leinster Rugby to join them as a fitness coach.

However, the Evening Herald understands that Cullen (pictured left) has been offered the post and it is expected he will put pen to paper imminently.

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