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Jim Gavin: Players must take the credit

Updated: Monday, 23 Sep 2013 08:40 | Comments

Jim Gavin congratulates his captain Stephen Cluxton after Dublin claimed a 24th All-Ireland title
Jim Gavin congratulates his captain Stephen Cluxton after Dublin claimed a 24th All-Ireland title

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Winning the league and All-Ireland titles is the perfect way for Jim Gavin to end his first season as Dublin manager, but true to his nature, he was quick to downplay his contribution.

Gavin is a quiet and assuming presence on the sideline. Any successful coach, however, must possess a certain steeliness and privately the Dublin boss will take much satisfaction from the achievements of 2013.

Publicly, however, he salutes the efforts the squad of players have put in.

He told RTÉ Sport: It's not about the manager or the management team - it's about the players. It's about, commitment, resolve and self-sacrifice that they have shown to help their county this year.

"There is great spirit and a collective will within the group. Five or six players were up in the stand today that didn't feature - but they are just as important as those down on the pitch and on the bench."

As for the victory over Mayo, Gavin was pleased at the way they closed out the game.

"Both Rory O'Carroll and Eoghan O'Gara were badly injured and were effectively out of the game. We had to make sure we kept ahead and there was a serious amount of work done by the 13 other fit players on the pitch." 

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