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Gavin names his 'inner cabinet'

JIM GAVIN has unveiled the backroom team that he hopes will help lead Dublin on a rapid journey back to the promised land of Sam.

His 'inner cabinet' comprises Declan Darcy (Clanna Gael Fontenoy) and Shane O'Hanlon (St Vincent's), two selectors who previously soldiered with Gavin at U21 level, along with Mick Deegan (Erin's Isle) and Michael Kennedy (DCU).

Deegan was an All-Ireland winning team-mate of Gavin's in 1995 while the current Fingal Ravens boss has already proven his management credentials by leading Dublin to All-Ireland junior glory in 2008. Darcy, a playing hero with both Dublin and Leitrim, was a trainer when Dublin won their first All-Ireland U21 crown in 2003 and a selector with Gavin when the county captured its second, two years ago.

Kennedy has been involved in the backroom team of previous Dublin managements including under Pat Gilroy, while O'Hanlon was a Dublin U21 selector for all five years under Gavin - winning three Leinster titles and two All-Irelands.

David Hickey, who served as a senior selector for the last two seasons, is staying on as team doctor.

Gavin was the obvious successor once Gilroy stepped down after a four-year reign and, following his county board ratification last Monday night, he met the press at his first official press conference in Parnell Park this afternoon.

Gavin, no doubt, and his newly appointed management team will be in action this weekend as the Evening Herald Dublin SFC gathers pace.

Tonight there's a fourth round double-header in Parnell Park - Na Fianna v Erin's Isle (6.45) and Ballymun v Parnell's (8.15). While tomorrow there is a double header in Parnell Park (Brigid's v Thomas Davis, 3.30; Plunkett's v Sylvester's 5.0) and at O'Toole Park (Templeogue Synge St v Pat's, 3.30; Kilmacud Crokes v Ballyboden, 5.0)