Wednesday 18 September 2019

'He is such a legend at this stage' - Dublin star Brian Fenton reacts to Jim Gavin extending stay as manager

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Dublin star Brian Fenton is thrilled that Jim Gavin has extended his stay as manager after agreeing to a new two-year extension to take him up to the end of the 2021 championship.

Gavin has enjoyed phenomenal success since coming in as manager ahead of the 2013 championship, leading Dublin to five All-Ireland titles in six seasons, including a four in-a-row. Dublin's only championship defeat under Gavin was against Donegal in 2014, with the team now targeting an unprecedented fifth straight All-Ireland crown in 2019.

Fenton has enjoyed similar success to Gavin since starting his inter-county career and amazingly has yet to lose a single championship game since his debut in 2015.

The midfielder has won three All Stars in his first four seasons and capped a stellar 2018 with the Footballer of the Year award.

Speaking ahead of the Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year awards last week, Fenton paid tribute to Gavin's committment to the Dubin role and says that he is delighted that the 47-year-old has opted to stick around.

"It's brilliant and in fairness to Jim, he has still got young kids so he could easily walk away with his record after next year when his deal was meant to be up," Fenton said.

"I hope to have four, five or six years left in me and to have him at the helm is just great. I don't know if there will be anyone comfortable to come in after him, he has had that much success. He is such a legend at this stage.

"There are lads who are playing, and not playing and lads who are injured - he has to deal with the full range of emotions. To be fair, it is very much player-lead as well with conversations in the dressing room and Jim just has a knack for that and for getting the best out of us."

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