by James McMahon
In an interview with RTÉ Sport, Mick O'Dwyer has revealed that he did accept an offer to take over as Dublin football manager in 2004, only to have a quick change of heart as he gauged reaction to his appointment.
After Tommy Lyons' departure as Dubs supremo following the '04 Championship, the Waterville legend was approached by the Dublin County Board to take over.
At the time. O'Dwyer was deliberating whether he would continue as manager of Laois, whom he guided to an historic Leinster title in 2003.
Speaking to Pat Spillane on Sport At 7, the now former Wicklow manager said: 'I met John Bailey, the then chairman of the Dublin board in the K Club. A backroom team was put in place to go out and have a look at junior and intermediate games in Dublin.
'However, when I got back to Waterville I began to question my decision. Some of the former Dublin players and ex managers began to have their say at the prospect of me taking over.
'Quite simply, they were up in arms. I subsequently made the decision the following day not to accept the post. I rang John (Bailey) to say that it wasn't the right time for me to take over.
Asked whether he could have delivered an All-Ireland for the boys in blue, he added: 'Dublin have had good teams for the past decade and that little bit of luck hasn’t always gone with them. If it had, I think they would have won a couple of All-Irelands by now.
'They are definite contenders this year, but then if anything happens the Brogan brothers, doubts will creep in. If they don’t win Sam this year, I'm not expecting a call from the county board asking for my services.'
As to other counties that would entice him back to management, if asked, O'Dwyer mentioned more than a few: 'You would have to say Cork and Kerry. Mayo, if they can get can their act together, have potential, and even though Galway are down at the moment, there is a great tradition in the county for gaelic football.
'Kildare are a team that really impress me. Their physique and fitness leaves them very well placed to challenge the big guns. I wouldn’t rule them out.'