An All Ireland Final in his first year in charge, Dessie Farrell is expecting Mayo to pose as tougher opposition this weekend

Dessie Farrell - All Ireland Senior Football Final

Around this time four years ago, when stepping down as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association, Dessie Farrell distanced himself from the job he no

w sees himself in. And in his first year as Dublin Senior Football manager, he’s continuing where Jim Gavin has left off, taking Dublin to yet another All Ireland Senior Football Final.

So what changed in the three years since his exit interview from the GPA and where he found himself at the beginning of what has been a very strange first year in the job?

“Probably deep down there was always this harbouring sort of, that it would be something that would be a great honour to do at some point in time.” Farrell admits.

“I think at the time it was probably more out of respect to Jim and the current management team. You don’t necessarily need to be distracted by what some gobshite is saying in the paper. So that was probably part of it as well.”

“I’ve been involved with Dublin football as a player and as a coach of underage teams and it is a great honour and it’s something I enjoy immensely and love doing.”

Most will admit that Dublin’s lead up to what could be a record sixth All Ireland in a row was probably easier than most years, due to the nature of the condenced Championship. But that mustn’t take away from Farrell in his first year. And the new boss knows full well what’s in store for his side this weekend as Connacht Champions Mayo make the trip from the west to face the reigning Champions.

Farrell Praises Mayo manager James Horan.

In mentioning the Mayo manager, Dessie admits that he’s “done a great job in transitioning so many new players in.”

“They have been playing a lovely brand of football and bringing a level of intensity, injecting a lot of pace to their game.”

“They are a formidable opposition. There’s a huge rivalry between Dublin and Mayo over the years and Saturday is going to be no different.”

Mayo scored five goals against Tipperary in their Semi Final on a huge 5-20 to 3-13 Scoreline. And the Dublin boss is aware of the threat they’ll bring, having run Dublin close more than most teams in the last decade.

“They have injected pace throughout. They are formidable up front and will test us to the limit defensively.

“I know there has been some speculation about the Mayo defence but to be fair I think they knew the game was in the bag”.

“They have some some really solid experienced defenders and the new guys that have come in have done a really good job all season as well.”

“So we won’t be reading too much into any suspected frailties.”