Former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey Thinks Jim Gavin Should Make A Big Selection Call

Leinster Senior Football Championship 1/4 Final 8/6/2008 Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With the All-Ireland football final replay just two days away, tensions are mounting. The Dublin and Mayo teams are yet to be announced, as the entire country is talking about what calls Jim Gavin and Stephen Rochford will make ahead of the team selections.

Former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey never graced the decider as a manager, but feels that Gavin has big decisions to make. Speaking to RTÉ, ‘Pillar’ thinks that Kevin McManamon should be dropped to the bench.

“Kevin McManamon has always delivered as a sub; I think we need him on the field in the second half of the game.”

McManamon played a starring role in the Championship before the drawn game, but Caffrey does not want to see him start the replay. Meanwhile, he doesn’t think Gavin would be unjustified in dropping Bernard Brogan.

“Bernard Brogan could be in a bit of bother. Whether Jim will want to do that or not remains to be seen.”

Pillar thinks the Dubs have plenty left in the tank.

“James McCarthy being off the field for the whole of the second half was a big loss to Dublin [he was black-carded after 25 minutes]… but they will need to improve because Mayo certainly were the better team and were unlucky not to win the last day.”

“They underperformed the last day; they probably went in a little complacent after the great semi-final win over Kerry.”

Make sure to listen to this week’s episode of Pundit Arena GAA’s weekly podcast, The 16th Man.

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