Friday 18 October 2019

McManamon expecting Gavin to stay at Dubs helm

Speaking to 'Off the Ball' on Newstalk, the St Jude's man stated that while he hadn't spoken to his manager, he reckoned he'd be
Speaking to 'Off the Ball' on Newstalk, the St Jude's man stated that while he hadn't spoken to his manager, he reckoned he'd be "floating around" next year. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin hero Kevin McManamon believes Jim Gavin will still be in charge of the Dublin when the 2020 season rolls around.

Speculation surrounding Gavin's future as Dublin boss has persisted since he steered the Dubs to a fifth consecutive All-Ireland final win a fortnight ago and a sixth in the seven years he has been in charge.

And speaking to 'Off the Ball' on Newstalk, the St Jude's man stated that while he hadn't spoken to his manager, he reckoned he'd be "floating around" next year.

"I think so yeah… I don't know, I think he signed for a couple of years," McManamon said. "I don't know but I'd say he'll still be floating around. I haven't spoken to him about it."

The 32-year-old, holder of seven All-Ireland medals, also confirmed that he will return for another campaign with Dublin after a conversation with his father helping him make the decision to return for another season.

"No. No," he replied when asked if he had considered walking away after Dublin made history with their replay win over Kerry.

"I've a better lifestyle now than when I was starting games and was one of the first forwards on the team sheet. Physically, I was lighter and trimmer this year than ever."

"My Da stopped playing at 43 and he was saying you'll never be able to replace it so keep rolling with it. I'll probably chat to Jim (Gavin) before the start of the year in December and go, 'What do you think, do you want me to keep rolling?'"

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Meanwhile, New York's Larry McCarthy is the latest name to enter the race to succeed John Horan as GAA president. A member of the GAA's management committee, the Cork native was nominated by the New York board yesterday.

An Associate Professor of Management at Seton Hall University in New Jersey where his specialty is sport marketing, McCarthy has served in a variety of roles for the New York board including chairman and secretary.

McCarthy, who won an All-Ireland club championship medal with Thomond College in 1978, becomes the third candidate to officially declare their interest in the post, following Jarlath Burns and Noel Rock.

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