Oisín McConville believes that Dublin's All-Ireland final replay triumph over Kerry could signal the end of an era for the Dubs, with questions over the future of both Stephen Cluxton and Jim Gavin.
Dublin powered their way to a 1-18 to 0-15 victory over the Kingdom and afterwards speculation began in earnest on the future of the Dubs’ manager and captain.
Cluxton has spent almost 20 years standing between the posts for Dublin and having written his name into history, leading his county to five consecutive All-Ireland titles, McConville wonders whether or not he may be ready to call it a day.
"One of the things that I left Saturday evening with was the Cluxton thing and the Jim Gavin thing," he told RTÉ Sport.
"Both acted a little bit out of character in that Cluxton did a full lap of honour afterwards in showing his appreciation for the Dublin supporters and it just makes you wonder, is that the end of Stephen Cluxton?"
Similarly McConville believes that now could be an opportune time for Gavin to stand aside, having written his name into history as one of the most accomplished inter-county managers of all time.
"It’s the same with Jim Gavin," he said. "Maybe it’s just because it was five-in-a-row but Alan Brogan made a great point on radio afterwards, that job is Jim Gavin’s until he doesn’t want the job.
"It’s really up to Jim Gavin now to make that decision.
"It’s a huge commitment, inter-county management is a huge commitment, there’s a huge stress factor with it, there’s pressure obviously and there’s a lot of time away from family. They’re all the things he’s going to be thinking about in the off-season."
Whether or not Cluxton and Gavin do decide to call time on their Dublin careers this winter, McConville believes that gaelic football will be all the poorer for their exit.
"I just feel that it’ll be a poorer place without both of those.
"Stephen Cluxton in particular when you think about what he’s done and what he’s achieved, this has probably been his finest year in the last six or seven. When you consider the standards that he has set himself, he would be a massive loss to that Dublin team."