Dublin have confirmed their new senior hurling manager with a statement this morning.
The Boys in Blue have been on the hunt for a new man at the helm since the departure of Ger Cunningham in July.
The Cork native oversaw an ultimately disappointing three-year period, failing to hit the heights of the Anthony Daly era.
Last week, the Dublin county board were to vote on the new manager, deciding between former football boss Pat Gilroy and Cuala’s All-Ireland-winning manager Mattie Kenny. However, the announcement was postponed.
Today, they county board have announced that Pat Gilroy will take on the role, releasing the following statement:
Dublin County Committee are delighted to confirm the appointment of Pat Gilroy as Dublin Senior Hurling Manager on a 3 year term.
Details of the full management team will be announced shortly.
The goal for Gilroy is to rebuild and bring the Dubs back to hurling’s top table. After league and Leinster titles under Daly, Dublin have undoubtedly receded in recent years, suffering championship defeats to Galway and Tipperary this year by a combined 36 points.
Relegated to Division 1B, the Dubs have lost a host of big names in recent seasons, but with some likely to return, as well as an injection of young talent, there could yet be success in the medium term.
Gilroy has been appointed on a three-year basis. When he was first mentioned for the role, there were suggestions that Anthony Cunningham may join his coaching team. It is likely we will find this out in the coming weeks.