Pat Gilroy & Mickey Whelan together in 2011 (image credit: Oliver McVeigh|Sportsfile) inset: Danny Sutcliffe

After much speculation and rumours, Pat Gilroy has confirmed his backroom team as he takes over as the Dublin Senior Hurling manager ahead of this weekend’s AIG Fenway Classic in Boston.

many have assumed for weeks the make up of this management team and it comes as no surprise that Pat has reunited with his former Senior Football management colleagues Mickey Whelan and Paddy O’Donoghue, who were both vital components in Dublin’s 2011 All Ireland Senior Football Championship win.

Another speculated member of the team is of course former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham, who’s name has been linked to the backroom team long before Gilroy was ratified.

Cunningham brought Galway to the 2012 All-Ireland final, but were unfortunately beaten after a replay to Kilkenny. He was ousted by the players in late 2015 and his replacement Michéal Donoghue brought them to a first Liam MacCarthy Cup win in 29 years this past September.

Pat Gilroy and Mickey Whelan are far from strangers, having a very close relationship both on and off the field. And the new staff, and manager will have their first game in charge this weekend in Boston, with Dublin taking on Galway in one of the competitions Semi Finals.

The new Dublin bossed has finalised his panel for the trip and in it is none other than All Star forward Danny Sutcliffe who fans had hoped would make a return following his two years away from the panel. He left the panel following a difference of opinion with former manager Ger Cunningham, who stepped down a the end of Dublin’s 2017 season.

With the return of Sutcliffe to the fold, many now expect to see some other faces return, who decided to step away or were surplus to requirements during Cunningham’s tenure.