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Published: 16:13 | 12/10/17

McCarthy backs Gilroy appointment


Five-time Sam Maguire winner James McCarthy says former Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy will prove a success as the county's new hurling boss.

Gilroy becomes the first native Dubliner to lead the county since Tommy Naughton in 2008, after the Dublin County Board ratified him at a meeting on Monday, ahead of Cuala's All-Ireland club championship-winning manager Mattie Kenny.

The 45-year-old, who led the Dublin footballers to All-Ireland victory in 2011, takes over from Ger Cunningham, who resigned n in July following the Dubs' humiliating 6-26 to 1-19 SHC qualifier defeat to Tipperary.

And Ballymun Kickhams right half back McCarthy, who was handed his Dublin champinship debut by Gilroy in 2011, says his former manager's organisational skills will prove equally as effective in hurling.

"It's a very good appointment for the hurlers and I'm sure they'll be happy with him," McCarthy, 27, said after being named the  PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Month for September.

"I know from experience he's a very good manager. He'll get a very united bunch, get everyone together, and maybe the guys who are not there at the moment I reckon will come back in.

"He makes you want to play. He gets teams very driven and wanting to play for Dublin.

"From the start he organised and pooled everything really well. Everyone knew what was going on and that's half the battle when you're working with 35 players and 10 or 15 in the backroom team.

"You need to be able to know everyone's role and job and he was really good at doing that."

Missing the Championship already? eir Sport will broadcast up to 30 games from the GAA Football and Hurling Club Championships in 2017. Coverage continues on Saturday, 14 October on eir Sport 2 with the Dublin club football championship semi-finals between Ballymun Kickhams and Kilmacud Crokes [throw-in 5pm] and reigning Dublin champions St Vincent's and St Jude's [throw-in 6.45pm] from Parnell Park. Earlier on Saturday, the Meath Football Club Championship semi-final between Simonstown Gaels and Wolfe Tones at Pairc Tailtean will be shown live on eir Sport 2 [throw in 3pm].

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