Jim Gavin has hailed the appointment of his successor Dessie Farrell as “a fantastic choice” to lead the All-Ireland champions forward.
The Clondalkin man sensationally walked away two weeks ago after having lost just once in 48 championship games en route to leading the Dubs to six All-Ireland titles in seven seasons.
Following his departure, Farrell was the firm-favourite to take over having won All-Ireland titles with both the Dublin minors and U21s. The Na Fianna man has worked with the large majority of the five-in-a-row winning panel, so he was viewed as the perfect successor to Gavin.
The pair were once teammates with the sky blues, winning an All-Ireland title together in 1995.
“I know Dessie [Farrell] very well, it’s a fantastic choice for Dublin” – former @DubGAAOfficial manager Jim Gavin speaking at The #EchoSportsAwards 2019 last night after receiving Manager of the Year Award alongside Mick Bohan of @dublinladiesg. #COYBIB pic.twitter.com/z6RnqnCD47
— The Echo Newspaper (@TheEchoOnline) December 13, 2019
Speaking last night at the Echo Sports Awards where both he and Mick Bohan were named as Managers of the Year, Gavin was full of praise for his former teammate and successor.
“We’ve always looked at how we can improve as a football team, that’s the bit we can control. I’m sure Dessie will do something similar,” Gavin said.
“He’s been involved with 21s and minor teams, I played with him back when we were minor as well and with the Dublin seniors so I know Dessie very well, it’s a fantastic choice for Dublin.
“I just wish him and the players the best of success. I’m really excited and looking forward to going to watch them next year. We’ve always taken a very much player-centric approach, the players set the bar and high standards for themselves.”