Jim Gavin is staying on as Dubs manager for another two years

Dublin’s All-Ireland winning manager agrees extension until the end of 2019 championship.

Jim Gavin leaves the field after the game Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Updated 16.20pm

JIM GAVIN HAS revealed his enthusiasm to stay on as Dublin football boss after agreeing another two-year extension with the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Gavin’s current agreement was due to run out at the end of this summer but the Dublin county board confirmed this morning that Gavin has signed on for two more years.

“I’d regularly sit down with the county board and discuss how the team is progressing,” stated Gavin.

“Those reviews would be periodic throughout the year. After 2015 we agreed for another two years to bring us up to 2017, and we recently agreed to push that out to 2019.

“That’s just part of the process. I’m enjoying the role and the responsibility. It’s a very privileged position to be working with fantastic players who have been developed by the clubs. I’m very enthusiastic for the years 2018 and 2019.”

Jim Gavin with his son Jude Gavin and his son Jude celebrate Dublin's 2016 All-Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

An All-Ireland winner as a player with Dublin in 1995, Gavin explained his belief that Dublin can continue to make progress.

“There’s no substitute for playing, it’s a player’s game. Managers are there to facilitate the players and that’s the approach we’ve always taken in Dublin. But it’s probably the next big thing.

“I would like to think there’s progress being made and there are some new players that I’m excited to introduce to the squad and see how they get on.

“We’re going in the right direction, and if you remain static at all then teams will simply just pass you by. Everybody is looking to improve. And there is only a bounce of a ball between us.”

Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Jim Gavin Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Jim Gavin after the recent football league final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Dublin statement released earlier today read:

“We are delighted to announce that Jim Gavin has agreed to remain as manager of the Dublin senior football team for another two years, until the conclusion of the 2019 championship.

“Jim and all of his backroom team have already contributed so much time and hard work to the Dublin team and we thank them all for their continued efforts.”

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Gavin succeeded Pat Gilroy ahead of the 2013 season and led the Dubs to a treble of league, Leinster and All-Ireland titles in his first campaign at the helm.

Defeat against Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final remains his only championship loss to date, with the Dubs bouncing back in 2015 to complete a hat-trick of league and provincial victories before lifting Sam again with a win in the All-Ireland final against Kerry.

The Dubs then made it back-to-back All-Irelands in 2016 with a hard-fought win after a replay against rivals Mayo, becoming the first county to retain their football crown under the same manager since Billy Morgan and Cork achieved the feat back in 1990.

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