RTÉ Sport has revealed that Dublin senior football manager Pat Gilroy has stepped down, following his side’s All Ireland semi-final defeat at the hands of Mayo.
A Dublin GAA official confirmed to RTÉ Sport that Gilroy has called time on a successful reign that saw him bring the Sam Maguire Cup back to the capital for the first time in 16 years.
Appointed in 2008, the St Vincents clubman won three Leinster Championships during his time in charge, to go along with the 2011 All-Ireland title.
Gilroy revealed that a desire to spend more time with him family and on his career were the main factors behind his decision.
He said: “It was a huge honour for me to be selected to manage the Dublin Senior Football Team and I was delighted that I was able to make a contribution to our All-Ireland success in 2011.
“It has been a challenging four years for me balancing my role with Dublin along with family and work commitments and I have decided not to continue for a further term.
“I would like to express my appreciation to my management and backroom team who were very supportive at all times and to the players for their exceptional commitment and dedication.
“Thanks also to the County Board and the Clubs for their encouragement and assistance since October 2008. I will give my full support to the incoming management team if required and I would be pleased to assist the Dublin GAA Board if requested at some time in the future,” Gilroy added.
Dublin County Committee Chairman Andy Kettle paid tribute to the out-going manager and said: “Pat has done an outstanding job as Manager of the Dublin Senior Football Team in winning three Leinster titles and regaining the All-Ireland title in 2011 after a sixteen year wait.
“I regret his departure but appreciate the huge sacrifices he has made over the past four years.
“The County Committee will commence the process of considering suitable candidates to replace Pat and his management team shortly.”
Among those likely to figure in the committee’s thinking are current Dublin under-21 manager Jim Gavin and minor manager Dessie Farrell.