DESSIE FARRELL DOES not envisage himself becoming a future Dublin senior manager and does not intend to take charge of next year’s U20 side after guiding the county to victory in tonight’s EirGrid All-Ireland U21 final.
The win over Galway in Tullamore handed Dublin a second All-Ireland title under Farrell’s watch after a previous success in 2014 against Roscommon.
Farrell has also claimed four Leinster U21 crowns as manager but is not planning to be at the helm when the grade switches to an U20 format next summer.
And he has again distanced himself from the possibility of becoming a Dublin senior boss in the future.
“We were through to 21 and we’ve seen it out now and that’ll be it. My roots have been in the development squad stuff and through to minor and the natural evolution was to take on the 21s.
“The senior is a whole different ball game. The time commitment that’s required at that level, like this is ridiculous but at senior level it’s gone to a whole new level.
“I have great admiration and respect for the men that take on the role in any county. It’s just where I’m at in my own career I can’t see it, to be honest.”
Farrell departs on a successful note from a spell with Dublin underage sides that began with development squads, continued in 2011 and 2012 to the minor role before becoming the U21 supremo at the start of the 2013 season.
His debut campaign at U21 level was the only one where he failed to land provincial honours and tonight’s victory makes amends for the losses at the All-Ireland semi-final stage to Tipperary and Mayo respectively in 2015 and 2016.
“They’re a wonderful bunch and it’s been a pleasure to work with them for the years that I have from development squads through minor and U21.
“I’m happy with what we’ve done here. It’s been a wonderful couple of years. You learn a lot about yourself in these situations as well and it’s been a great experience.
“I’m just happy with that now. I need to get on and drive on with other stuff that’s important.”
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