Sunday 26 January 2020

Dublin exit brings 'sadness' for Jim

Jim Gavin says he will miss being on the sideline for Dublin football games. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Jim Gavin says he will miss being on the sideline for Dublin football games. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Joe Davitt

Former Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has paid tribute to his back-room team, calling them "phenomenal men".

The Round Towers clubman said he was grateful to the likes of Jason Sherlock and Declan Darcy who "taught me a lot".

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Gavin said: "I've had a phenomenal backroom team be it with the Under-21s or seniors. The work they did in the shadows, the support they gave me in particular, how they facilitated the players."

However, Gavin admitted he would miss the buzz and energy of the Dublin fans in full voice.

"I go away with some sadness that I won't have those days being on the sideline and hearing our great support," he mused.

Pilot Gavin used a fantastic array of sailing metaphors to describe Dublin's future under new boss Dessie Farrell.

"We're content that the ship is in reasonable condition. I know it's in dry dock and Dessie, no doubt, has given it a fresh coat of paint... probably refreshed the crew as well, that's part of the process.

"I look forward to seeing it on the high seas again next year."

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