Tuesday 22 October 2019

'I always felt Dublin football was going to dominate like they have' - Gilroy

Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Pat Gilroy always sensed that the Dublin football squad he handed over to Jim Gavin would go on to dominate Gaelic football like they have done.

Gilroy, who left the job in 2012 but has now returned as Dublin hurling manager, said the calibre of Gavin as the manager, allied to the group of players, made it a powerful mix.

He even admitted "surprise" that they didn't complete a five-in-a-row, failing to do so after losing to Donegal in 2014.

"Jim has been outstanding in terms of his track record before that. Given the way they had won that All-Ireland (2013) I thought it was going to be hard for anyone to win," he said. "I was surprised they lost in 2014, that they got caught. It was a bit of a freak result. There's a big transition this year so it's a big challenge for them to go on now."

He stressed he wouldn't be a candidate to replace Páraic Duffy as GAA director-general, describing links to the position last time as "rumour and conjecture".

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