Saturday 18 August 2018

'People's opinions are their opinions' - Jim Gavin offers a measured response to critics

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin has responded to recent criticism aimed at him and the Dublin team following their All-Ireland triumph over Mayo.

Journalist Paul Kimmage heavily criticised the Dublin boss for showing a lack of joy after guiding Dublin to three All Ireland titles on the trot and also claimed that the Round Towers clubman avoided questions about controversial aspects of the game.

Kimmage went on to say that Gavin's behavior did not reflect well on the Dublin team and question if Gavin had disdain for the media.

Former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy also claimed that some Dublin players 'fancy themselves a bit more than they should do' and claimed Gavin's charges would be admired but 'never loved'.

"People's opinions are their opinions and the one that really counts for us is the opinions of our clubmates and we're just happy to share the player's' success with them," Gavin said, speaking at the Clondalkin Business, Sports and Community Expo on Saturday afternoon.

"I've been in Brussels and Frankfurt the last few days with work and what's important to us is the people that mean a lot to us and that's our family, our friends, our clubs and the community. We're just so honoured to represent the county."

Dublin began the year with the O'Byrne Cup campaign that saw a squad of fringe players win the competition while the senior squad enjoyed a team holiday. It allowed players like Niall Scully to emerge as first team players in his squad later in the year, something Gavin says he may ponder again next year.

"That's a possibility, we've already set the plans in place for next year but at the same time we're still enjoying the moment. We'll sit down with the players after the club championships and see where we lie."

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