In a Country Board Meeting on Monday, his appointment was confirmed and he will be given a three-year deal, taking over the post vacated by former Dublin boss Pat Gilroy, who stepped down from his post after losing to Mayo in the All-Ireland semifinals last month.
Gavin, who is expected to carry his winning mentality to the seniors’ level, spent the last few seasons as the manager of Dublin’s U21 squad, which he led to two All-Ireland titles – first in 2010 followed by their recent success this year when they dispatched Roscommon in the finals.
In an interview with the Evening Herald, Dublin Chairman Andy Kettle said: “If Jim Gavin can bring the success he had with the U21s at senior level, everybody would be more than happy. Of course he was the logical choice to go talk to. But it’s an amateur sport and the gloves had to fit both hands, his and ours.”
Paul Curran, a former member of his U21 backroom team and former teammate when Dublin won the All-Ireland title in 1995, also welcomed Gavin’s appointment, expressing his confidence that his friend could bring his winning ways from the U21 level to the senior level next season.
Curran said: “He is very organized. Everything is thought-out and planned. He is obviously very professional that comes from his working background in the army. Obviously discipline is going to be a big thing with him. I think he has all the attributes for this challenge.”
Gavin’s backroom team will be named few weeks from now, but Mick Bohan, Declan Darcy, and David Byrne are expected to be included barring any major changes.
Meanwhile, the Country Board also confirmed that Anthony Daly will remain as the senior hurling manager, but will be without his former selector Vincent Teehan and former hurling team coach John McEvoy.
[Source: Evening Herald]