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My military training helped the Dubs win All-Ireland, says Gavin

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Jim Gavin speaking at the conference
Jim Gavin speaking at the conference
From left: Eddy Collier, CEO Bord Gais Energy, Billy Walsh, Ronan O’Gara, Jim Gavin and Dave Kirwan, chief operating officer, Bord Gais Energy, at the Bord Gais Energy Leadership Conference in the Aviva Stadium
Dublin manager Jim Gavin is congratulated by Seamus McCormack following their victory

Jim Gavin used Air Corps training to catapult his All-Ireland-winning Dublin team to new heights.

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The Dublin manager, a former pilot, has revealed how he employed military-style techniques to steer his team to victory over Kerry.

"My background has influenced me - and the military is all about influencing other people. It was the first thing I learned in military college.

"It's important to be in control of oneself; humility is a big part of what I promote in the players. If you remain static you just decline and people take over from you.

"I come from a culture in aviation where you're debriefed about something in a constructive way. It's about pointing out what somebody did well - but also what they can learn and improve on. It's about service, not self."

He also revealed how he could feel the energy "crackling" in the dressing room at half-time during last Sunday's final.

"It was really calm and composed. It was a focused dressing room. They were focused on the process. At half time, there was never any talk of the outcome.

"It was about sticking with the process. There were very few and calm words said."

He said he is always striving to better himself through continuous learning.

"At home, I have a room full of books," he said.

"I'm always flicking through them to pick up one or two bits every day, every week."

He was speaking at the 'Legendary Leadership Brings Success' business conference in the Aviva Stadium with former Ireland out-half Ronan O'Gara and boxing coach Billy Walsh.

Irish Independent

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