With Jim Gavin vacating the role today, who are the front runners for the Dublin Senior Football Managers position

Dublin Senior Football

Earlier today news broke of Jim Gavin’s departure from the Dublin Senior Football set up. And while it’s news that no Dublin supporter ever wanted to hear, the county board are now tasked with filling the vacated post.

Already the rumour mill has gained momentum, with names been thrown about. But who are these people? And where do they honestly stand in terms of calibre and qualities to become the next Senior Football manager. Dublin’s O’Byrne Cup and League Campaign are just around the corner so it’s likely the county board will have someone installed in the very near future. Here are a few of the names that are being considered the front runners.

Dessie Farrell

Already being touted as the front runner for the role, Dessie Farrell is another of Dublin 1995 All Ireland Heroes. A former All Star who was also the former Chief Executive and founding member of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), Farrell was an integral part of Dublin development over the years. Having succeeded Gavin as the Dublin’s U21 manager he guided panels to All Ireland titles in 2014 and 2017

Most recently Dessie managed Na Fianna’s Senior Football panel, taking them to this years championship quarter finals where they were eventually beaten by champions Ballyboden St. Endas.

Paul Clarke

Another legend to have worn the sky blue colours, Clarke is no stranger to the Dublin set up having been drafted in this year by Jim Gavin. He has taken charge of the last number of O’Byrne Cup competitions on behalf of Gavin, and been entrusted with appraising new inter county players for the former manager.

The proud Whitehall man played for the Dubs for over a decade, winning an All Ireland and an All Star in 1995. He might not be the front runner but he’s certainly in with a solid shout.

Declan Darcy

Leitrim native Darcy is a long-standing member of Jim Gavin’s backroom team. He was a selector for that first senior All Ireland triumph under Gavin in 2013. And has been a mainstay on the sideline ever since.

Darcy’s working relationship with Gavin stretches back as far as 2002 when they worked together with the Dublin U21s in 2002. And Learning from Jim for such a long period certainly gives him an advantage for making the step up to the manager position.

Jason Sherlock

The former darling of the Hill, Sherlock was drafted in by Gavin as a forwards coach for the Dublin Senior panel in 2015. He was reported to have been axed from the set up earlier this year. It was believed at the time that ‘relations had become strained’ with Gavin was the reason.

Since then, Sherlock dismissed the rumours by lining out with the Dublin backroom team for their side’s Allianz League game against Kerry in Tralee.

Sherlock remained with the backroom team for the rest of the season as Dublin completed their five in a row heroics. And there were no signs of any strains at full time in the All Ireland Final replay.

Mick Bohan

Bohan has committed to the Dublin ladies for 2020 so it’s unlikely he will end up as Gavin’s replacement. But his experience and successful coaching record still puts him in the frame.

The Dubliner was part of the senior backroom team when Gavin was first appointed as manager ahead of the 2013 season. He subsequently managed the Clare footballers before taking the top job with the Dublin ladies, who he guided to three All-Ireland crowns on the bounce in 2019.

Mick’s coaching and ethos is something similar to Gavin’s. And while it might not be his time just yet, there’s no doubt he’ll be a name to be considered in the future.

Pat Gilroy

The man that got the ball rolling in Dublin’s decade of dominance. Gilroy brought the winning mentality back to Dublin football. And paved the way for when Gavin replaced him at the end of 2012. the 2011 All Ireland win saw Gilroy bring Sam Maguire back to Dublin.

Another member of the 1995 All Ireland winning panel. Gilroy most recently managed the Dublin Senior Hurlers in 2018 but left after only a year due to work commitments.

It’s unlikely Gilroy would take the role of other commitments but his last managerial role short.

Today’s Dublin Senior Football Manager Odds

Dessie Farrell 4/6
Paul Clarke 2/1
Declan Darcy 8/1
Jason Sherlock 10/1
Mick Bohan 14/1
Pat Gilroy 14/1
Jim McGuinness 20/1
Tommy Conroy 20/1
Mick Deegan 20/1
Tom Gray 20/1
Malachy O’Rourke 33/1
Paddy Carr 33/1
Stephen Cluxton 33/1
Paddy Christie 33/1
Brian Mullins 33/1
Johnny Magee 40/1
Ciaran Whelan 50/1
Paul Curran 50/1