Saturday 21 July 2018

Jim Gavin makes an addition to his all-conquering Dublin backroom team for 2018

Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Paul Clarke has been added to Jim Gavin's all-conquering Dublin backroom team for this year as they bid for a remarkable four-in-a-row.

Having played together for the Dubs and claimed All-Ireland SFC honours in 1995, Clarke is reunited with Gavin and while his official capacity is not yet known, he looks likely to take up a coaching position with the Boys in Blue.

Having managed Dublin during the O'Byrne Cup earlier this year - and last season when he helped a third-string side claim early-season honours - Clarke now makes the switch permanent.

It had been mooted that there would be some movement in the Dubs' set-up with Jason Sherlock's increased commitments at underage level this year set to curtail his involvement, but Clarke's addition is the only one to note as of yet.

Elsewhere, James Horan has ruled out a return to inter-county management with any other side except Mayo.

The Ballintubber clubman - who is currently involved with Lee Keegan's Westport and managed Galway hurling club Turloughmore last year - led his native county to four Connacht SFC titles and two All-Ireland SFC final appearances during his four-year term and doesn't envisage ever being in charge of another county.

"I can't ever see myself managing a different county. I just can't see it. Famous last words and all that kind of stuff, but not at the moment," he told the RTÉ GAA podcast.

"Of course you miss it. I love coaching. I love working with guys that want to get better at what they do and see where you can go as a group. I'm involved in coaching now with Westport, a great bunch of people that are keen to do well. I'm really enjoying that."

It was a special weekend for Meath footballer Cillian O'Sullivan who completed a remarkable family weekend when lining out for the Royal footballers in their defeat of Clare on Sunday.

Youngest brother Hugh made an appearance off the bench for the Ireland U-20 rugby team in their Six Nations defeat to France on Friday night in Bordeaux while oldest sibling Mark also made a cameo for the Meath hurlers in their Division 2A victory over London in Ruislip the following day.

It was three different codes in three different countries on three different days for the Moynalvey trio.

Elsewhere, Kildare football boss Cian O'Neill has injury concerns ahead of Tyrone's visit to Newbridge this weekend with Mick O'Grady and Ben McCormack doubts after being withdrawn during Sunday's defeat to Monaghan.

Irish Independent

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