Sunday 20 October 2019

Gavin extends deal to stick with Dubs until 2021


Jim Gavin
Jim Gavin
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Jim Gavin will take Dublin football into the next decade if he sees out the latest extension to his time in charge, fuelling the prospect of much more All-Ireland glory.

Speculation that Gavin might step away if the five-in-a-row was achieved next September will ease for now after Dublin announced yesterday that Gavin would extend his current agreement, which was to last until the end of 2019, by a further two years, in line with the previous two-year extensions.

The last time he agreed to add two more years was on the cusp of the 2017 championship; this time Gavin and the board have moved much earlier to bring clarity.

It will bring to nine the number of years he will have been at the helm, having served six already.

By taking his own future off the table for now before the season has begun in earnest Gavin has potentially removed one small distraction.

The prospect of a break in the continuity he has provided throughout so much of the decade would have felt like an opening for the chasing pack but three more years of Gavin's management will make it harder to break that cycle of success.

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