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Dublin star Jonny Cooper vehemently defends Jim Gavin from ' very unfair' criticism

Jonny Cooper doesn't think Jim Gavin will be affected by the criticism
Jonny Cooper doesn't think Jim Gavin will be affected by the criticism
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Jonny Cooper has hit back at critics who have slated Jim Gavin for his media approach following Dublin's All-Ireland final victory over Mayo.

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 Game On on 2FM, Cooper hit back at Gavin's detractors.

"There’s been a lot going on since the final, people’s opinions and everything else.

"I just know him for the serious amount of selflessness and dedication that he puts towards it as do as the other coaches do too.

"He’s incredibly hard working and humble and what people don’t see is what happens behind the scenes.

"People see him as very stony faced and he gives nothing away, and people have been calling him all sorts of names and throwing stuff towards him.

"Probably being very unfair, if you don’t know the guy, to have such negative opinions on him."

Cooper believes Jim Gavin won't be concerned, and has probably already forgotten,  the criticism levelled at him.

"Jim is my manager, I’d go to bat for him as I would any of the squad  so I’m definitely going to defend him and stand up for him," he added

"I know him as a completely different person to what people have been suggesting he is and he isn’t. I know Jim well enough now that he doesn’t really care what people think.

"What bothers Jim is 2018 and I’m sure he moved on quite quickly after the final, he’s moved on to 2018.

"I suppose that is all attached to what people thought of him after the 2017 All-Ireland final and knowing Jim that’s all in the past. He probably didn’t hear some of the stuff as he wouldn’t engage with it."

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