GAA Analyst Joe Brolly give his thoughts on life for Dublin Senior Football after Jim Gavin

Joe Brolly on Jim Gavin

The GAA world is still reeling after Saturday’s announcement of Jim Gavin’s departure from the Dublin Senior Football set up. And while a lot are seeing Gavin vacating his role as a massive blow, some don’t see it in quite that way.

One man who believes the departure won’t derail Dublin’s steamrolling success is former Derry footballer and GAA Analyst Joe Brolly. We’ve come to accept Joe has varied opinions on a lot of things. But Dublin fans will certainly be upbeat about the former RTE panelist’s thoughts on this subject.

Gavin leaves Dublin after seven years at the helm, ending with the historic fifth consecutive All Ireland title. And speaking to “Off The Ball” Brolly sent a message of caution. For Dublin’s closest rivals, it might be too soon for them to celebrate the potential shift in power.

“I don’t think they are going to have any difficulties with motivation” he declared.

“In fact, I think that next year they’ll probably play with greater freedom. And I fully expect them to play better next year and to win the All-Ireland next year.”

Six, Maybe Seven in a row

Brolly went on to admit that while there might not be another five titles in them, it’s not the end.

“Kerry are coming there is no doubt, and Dublin I think will certainly win next year, possibly the following year but I think that will probably be it then because other teams are going to start to catch up.”

“Two titles to kick off the new management team wouldn’t be such a bad start.”

Speaking about Jim Gavin as a man, Brolly praised him for the work he does and will continue to do outside of his GAA life.

“He is 48-years-old, the five-in-a-row has been accomplished and he has a very busy life outside of gaelic football. He’s got a new job in Brussels and what does six-in-a-row mean?”

“It’s probably the right time for him. He has a huge amount of interests outside of the game, he is involved with a lot of charitable projects so I have no doubt he will continue in that quiet way of his to make a very significant contribution.”

“What you can certainly say is that he came into a group that Gilroy had established a serious culture where the boys’ feet were on the ground and were expected to make contributions to their local communities.”

“You can see the culture in the groups is one of grown ups and they are given autonomy.”