Sunday 19 August 2018

Mick O'Dwyer won't call Dublin a 'really great team' until they pull off one All-Ireland final achievement

Mick O'Dwyer (inset) and Philly McMahon, Dean Rock and Ciaran Kilkenny.
Mick O'Dwyer (inset) and Philly McMahon, Dean Rock and Ciaran Kilkenny.

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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