Former Dublin manager Jim Gavin has said he has no regrets about walking away from the role as he spoke publicly about the exit for the first time today.

Gavin led Dublin to five All-Irelands in a row but caused surprise last Saturday when announcing his departure.

Speaking at the Signify Sports Manager of the Year awards, where he claimed the overall honour for the second time, Gavin said: "After every campaign, after every championship run, you have to reflect upon the season that is gone.

"I took that time to deliberate on what is best for my family, my work and obviously the football team as well.

"The conclusion I came up with at the end was that what was best to allow the team the space to grow again was for me to simply hand the reins on."

Asked whether it was a difficult decision to make, he said: "It was. I have been involved for 12 years as a manager of Dublin football teams, be it Under-21 or senior level.

"Absolutely it has been a massive part of my life. I have loved every moment of it. I had a great journey, great times, worked with a phenomenal and exceptional group of players.

"I'm really honoured to be able to share my coaching and managerial journey. I have been surrounded by a great backroom team who have supported me really well. I'm honoured to hand it over to someone else."

Dublin will announce their new manager in the next week.

Gavin said while the workload is extreme, it is still possible for an amateur to have such dedication in a big role.

"It's a choice you make," Gavin added.

"I had no issue giving the time I gave. One's life is defined by the choices you make. I volunteered my time and I'm proud of being involved with it.

"I won't have any regrets, that is for sure. I gave it my all for as long as I could. I'm just really excited for 2020 and excited for the team and to see what will happen with them."

Gavin won't be stepping away from coaching completely - he intends to continue coaching the Round Towers U11 hurling and football teams his son is a member of.

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