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Dessie Farrell will be the worst prepared Dublin manager ever ahead of championship campaign

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Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Dublin manager Dessie Farrell. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

On Friday, January 10, Dessie Farrell gave the most revealing quote of his embryonic reign as Dublin manager.

I’ve always taken the approach that there’s two ways to live your life,” Farrell reflected. “One, as a timid soul, sort of year by year, month by month, week by week, possibly even hour by hour, as a timid soul. Or the other is to perhaps do the things that frighten you at times.”

The new boss didn’t have to spell out which option he favoured. The task of replacing Jim Gavin may have frightened many potential contenders, those inclined to view it as a poisoned chalice, but as the new incumbent explained: “This thing stimulates me, it challenged me.