Monday 20 November 2017

Dublin boss Jim Gavin reveals why he refuses to hold Sam Maguire Cup

Jim Gavin watches his players celebrate with Sam Maguire after their victory over Kerry in the 2015 All-Ireland final
Jim Gavin watches his players celebrate with Sam Maguire after their victory over Kerry in the 2015 All-Ireland final
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Jim Gavin has led Dublin to three All-Ireland titles in four years but has never put his hand on Sam Maguire.

The only blot on his Championship copybook came in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final when Dublin were caught cold by Donegal's tactical masterclass.

The Round Towers man doesn't revel in the limelight and is happy for his players to take the credit for the county's incredible achievements.

Neither he or his management staff are paid for the time they devote to the Dubs.

Gavin refuses to lift the Sam Maguire as manager and his reasoning for refusing to do so illustrates the kind of manager and leader he is.

"It's just the players that have earned the right to put their hands on it," he said.

"As a management team, we have always taken the view that we're there to facilitate the players. That's been very consistent.

"Everyone on the management team is volunteering their time, making sacrifices to be with the players at the training sessions at night time.

"We're just there to get them to be their best and that has been our core philosophy."

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