Dublin boss Pat Gilroy will not rush the progress of Dublin Senior Hurling

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Dublin boss Pat Gilroy with backroom team members Anthony Cunningham and Ray Boyne

Following another massive defeat, this time at the hands of Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday night, Dublin’s Senior hurlers have come in for some severe criticism. And this time from some former players of the game.

This week, Tipperary legend Brendan Cummins said he believes that Pat Gilroy made an error bringing back veterans like Conal Keaney and Alan Nolan. Cummins claims that a move like this has sent the wrong message to young players in the capital and by doing this, Gilroy has looked backward instead of forward.

To make matters worse, former Deise stalwart John Mullane has fuelled the argument more by claiming that the 2011 All Senior Senior Football winning manager has signed his “death warrant” by taking on the role as Dublin hurling manager.

On their performance against Limerick last weekend, Mullane thought Dublin were “abysmal” and said he couldn’t believe how far the hurling set up in the capital had regressed.

But despite this, the Dublin boss is standing firm in his belief that the Dublin team are very much a work in progress. And this Sunday they face a hugely stern task as they welcome reigning All Ireland Champions Galway to Parnell Park.

“We as a group have decided there’s a certain way we want to play. We’re trying to get the bodies into shape so they can play that way.” Gilroy told Official Dublin GAA.

“You can feel sorry for yourself, but you’re going to get nowhere.”

Pat admits they are long way off and it will take a lot of work and effort to get to where both himself and the players want to be.

“When we came into this, we realised the task was a huge task. The team was coming from a difficult place.”

“We’re putting in savage training. It’s going to take time. This ain’t going to switch overnight into us being a top-four team.”

Anyone with a long enough memory will know that Pat Gilroy can turn tough starts into trophies. From startled earwigs to All Ireland Champions, he has absolutely no problem putting in a long shift to get the balance just right. And if this means a slow progression, then so be it.

“So yeah, you were hoping that you were going to get better performances than we’re getting, but we have to live with that.”

“It’s something we’re trying to bring into the team. We have to accept that it might take time to get used to that. We have to just get on with it this week.“