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Jim Gavin steps down as Dublin manager with immediate effect

A statement issued by the Dublin county board on Saturday lunchtime confirmed the news
A statement issued by the Dublin county board on Saturday lunchtime confirmed the news

By Tony Considine

Dublin's five-in-a-row All-Ireland winning manager Jim Gavin has stepped down from the role with immediate effect.

A statement issued by the Dublin county board on Saturday lunchtime confirmed the news.

The statement read:

"Jim Gavin has this morning informed the County Officers, his management team and players that he was handing back the reins of the Dublin Senior Football team to the County Committee."

Chairman of the County Committee, Seán Shanley, added:

"Dublin GAA will be forever grateful to Jim Gavin for his dedication, commitment and contribution as a player and, since 2003, leading the next generation of players at U21 and Senior level.

"I regret his departure but appreciate the huge sacrifices he has made over this period.

"The committee will commence the process of considering suitable candidates to replace Jim and his management team shortly."

Numerous tributes have been paid to Gavin since the news broke.

Impressionist Oliver Callan said on social media: "Jim Gavin! That departure is a bolt from the blue. As well as a bolt to the blues! Saw him last wek

@IYFcharity  event where he spoke about his Dub mgt plans for 2020, with Dean Rock next to him. Shocker!

"Still, a GAA gentleman as well as a legend. Good luck to him and his family."

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said: "What a man, what a legacy. Deserves every plaudit he gets today and every day."

Dublin City University congratulated him on his legacy and said they will confer him with a Doctor of Philosophy on December 11.

"We want to wish Jim Gavin - who is stepping down from his role as manager of Dublin senior football team - the very best in the future! Six All-Ireland titles - including five in a row!," they said in a statement on Twitter.

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