Mick O'Dwyer won't call Dublin a 'really great team' until they pull off one All-Ireland final achievement
Mick O'Dwyer has admitted that Jim Gavin's Dublin are the best side he has seen in a generation - but has stopped short of calling them a 'really great team'.
Last season Dublin became the first side since O'Dwyer's Kerry in 1986 to complete a three in-a-row, and judging by their National League form they look well primed to challenge for a four in-a-row, also last achieved by Micko's Kingdom in 1981.
However, Gavin's outfit have yet to match Kerry's golden generation in one area - All-Ireland final winning margins.
O'Dwyer's side routinely pulverised opponents in September whereas in this decade, Dublin have won four of their five finals by a single point, and the other by just three.
Speaking to RTÉ at a civic reception in his honour in Tralee yesterday, the most successful Gaelic football manager of all-time said that until Dublin 'hammer' a team in a final, he won't put them in the same bracket as the greatest sides ever.
"Well at the present time, they're an exceptionally good team but then they've only won All-Irelands by single points against Mayo," he said.
"Until they hammer a team in an All-Ireland final by seven or eight, ten points then I'll say they're a really great team.
"But they are certainly the best team I've seen for quite a long while and they'll take a lot of beating."
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