Wednesday 13 November 2019

Dublin eye six-in-a-row as Gavin set to stay put


Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Jim Gavin is set to stay on as Dublin manager and has already started plotting for an eighth season in the hotseat.

Initial speculation that Dublin's most decorated manager might walk away after completing an historic five-in-a-row has completely evaporated.

And the county board has confirmed that it's all systems go for 2020. "He hasn't indicated that he's going," Dublin chairman Seán Shanley said.

"The way he's inquiring and talking about fixtures for the league and that, I'd say he is definitely staying on."

It is almost seven weeks since Dublin completed their All-Ireland drive-for-five with a rousing replay victory over Kerry.

The celebratory mood that night led many to speculate that Gavin could walk away on the ultimate high.

"I have a profession outside of this role I've been asked to do for Dublin and I have family commitments too. It all goes into the mix. But it's not the time [to talk about it]," the manager said at the time.

"I have committed to next year so we'll reflect on it."

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Gavin has another two years left on his current term. This would bring him up to the end of the 2021 season, which would mean nine years in charge.

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