Dessie Farrell is the obvious choice to take over from Jim Gavin, says RTÉ football analyst Ciaran Whelan.

Farrell, like Gavin, a member of the 1995 All-Ireland winning team, managed the Dublin minors to an All-Ireland title in 2012. 

He subsequently succeeded Gavin as Dublin U21 manager, guiding them to two All-Ireland titles at the grade, in 2014 and 2017. 

He managed his own club Na Fianna in this year's Dublin senior football championship, where they were unbeaten by eventual county champions Ballyboden St Enda's after extra-time in a dramatic quarter-final. 

While Whelan name-checks alternative candidates like Mick Bohan and former boss Pat Gilroy, he ultimately reckons that Farrell will get the nod. 

"Dessie Farrell is probably the stick-out candidate in terms of his credentials," Whelan, a two-time All Star with the Dubs, told RTÉ Sport.

"He worked with Jack McCaffrey and Ciaran Kilkenny, these guys at development squads, brought them through to win an All-Ireland and deliver at Under-21.  

"Jason Sherlock has been Jim's right-hand man. He could be part of the ticket. Pat Gilroy would be an obvious [candidate] if he’s not tied up with business commitments.

"It will be interesting to see who steps up to the mark.

"Mick Bohan [manager of the Dublin women’s team] could be, he was involved with Jim in 2013 and is well-regarded as a very good coach but Dessie is probably the front-runner based on what he has delivered at Juvenile level."