Moran welcomes Gilroy appointment

Moran welcomes Gilroy appointment

Dublin defender Colin Moran says it is now time to look forward - and not dwell on a disappointing 2008 - following the appointment of Pat Gilroy as the Dubs' senior football manager last week.

Speaking at the relaunch of the Opel Kits for Clubs scheme, Moran said: "For the players, we are looking to put 2008 and the disappointment of the quarter-final loss behind us.

"You can't look forward to 2009 until we have a new manager in place and thankfully that's been all done now and everyone is looking forward to working with the new management."

A new change of management is an exciting time for the players and the current changeover has Moran reminiscing of when Paul Caffrey took charge of the side in late 2004.

"I remember the first meeting when Paul Caffrey took over and he gave a general outline of his plans and it was different to what we had been doing before.

"I suppose players always enjoy a change and new training techniques and new ideas and that will be the same with the new management.

"They will want to put their own stab on the training, the team and the tactics and I think everybody will look forward to that."

Moran says that St Vincent's clubman Gilroy brings a wealth of talent to the Dublin role and is not out of place in the position, possession strong leadership qualities both on and off the pitch.

"He was instrumental for Vincent's getting to the All-Ireland final and winning it, and you could see what an intelligent footballer he was, and how well the likes of Mossy (Quinn) and Diarmuid Connolly played around him and played off him."

Moran added: "He was the focal point of their attack, but he has been around a long time and he has done it with Dublin at inter-county level.

"He has an All-Ireland medal and in his own professional life he has displayed man-management skills and leadership skills and organisational skills."

And it is this experience which assures Moran that Gilroy is the man to slot in well in the pressurised environment that is the role of Dublin football manager.

"I think that is critical for, especially a job like the Dublin job because it is so intense these days. And he has a great team selected around him that will help his as well."

Moran also expects selector Mickey Whelan to have a hands-on role in training the team, and that this will complement the leadership role which Gilroy will bring to the side.

"I remember talking to the Vincent's players last year, who really enjoyed training with him and working with him and loved his ideas.

"He's been around a long time and has a lot of experience but he is a guy who always looks for new ideas and better ways of doing this as well, so it is a real positive to have him on board.

"I suppose Mickey is going to be doing the training and that is his speciality and whoever took over as manager.

"I think nowadays they really are two different roles, you have a manager who oversees things and does the tactics and picks the team, and you have a team trainer as well,"

The senior club championship is almost at a climax in Dublin with St Oliver Plunkett's through to the final, awaiting the winners of the St Vincent's versus Kilmacud Crokes semi-final replay.

The 28-year-old believes that while the Dublin club scene offers some potential players for inclusion in the county squad, with a strong basis of younger players already making the breakthrough in the panel, a solid foundation is already in place for the future.

"I think so. Dublin is a big county and there are lots of clubs and lots of teams out there and players coming up through the system.

"There might be a few brand new faces, but I think some of the younger lads that maybe were on the periphery last year and got the experience of playing a few league games and maybe appearances as substitutes during the championship.

"I think they could make a big impression if they are given the opportunity to develop. I think there is young talent coming through."

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