Monday 15 October 2018

'Did I do anything wrong?' - Jim Gavin on the criticism he received following All-Ireland win

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin amongst the supporters during the Basketball Ireland Men's Superleague match between UCD Marian and Eanna at UCD Sports Centre in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin football manager Jim Gavin amongst the supporters during the Basketball Ireland Men's Superleague match between UCD Marian and Eanna at UCD Sports Centre in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Dublin manager Jim Gavin has defended his low-key celebrations following the three-in-a-row triumph back in September.

Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage accused Gavin of a 'lack of empathy and graciousness' for Mayo's woes after yet another heartbreaking day at GAA headquarters and of having a hostile attitude towards reporters during his post-game press conference.

Eamon Dunphy claimed that the Dublin footballers would be 'admired but not loved' because of their media policy.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Countrywide show this morning, Gavin admitted that the victory was about the players and not him.

"I'm excited for the players, I'm there to serve them," he said.

"It's all about the players. It's not about me or the backroom team or the management team.

"I didn't think I did anything wrong, did I?"

Dublin's win also sparked a debate about potentially splitting up Dublin in the future and the resources that have been pumped into GAA in the capital.

"Since the vikings invaded the island and set up camp in Dublin, the biggest population base has been Dublin. We're not top of the charts in terms of All-Ireland titles," he added.

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