There are many that seek something different, or indeed what they feel is the norm. When it comes to team management, many try to seek out the cracks. The chinks in the armour. Some are not satisfied with what is right in front of them.
And in a sport more fuelled and influenced by the media in recent years, there’s no harder nut to crack then Dublin’s Senior Football Manager Jim Gavin.
The Round Towers man is a master of cool. Whether it’s in front of the Press Corp or in his position on the sideline, Gavin never breaks character, only saying what he needs to say, returning into the wings in his self proclaimed role as the “facilitator” of the Dublin team.
While this demeanour appears to grate on certain sections, it’s loved and respected by the Dublin fans, and more importantly Gavin’s playing panel and back room team.
Since claiming his fifth All Ireland medal a few weeks ago, Kilmacud Crokes Star Cian O’Sullivan continues to see his managers persona as a positive in terms of the mood in the Dublin camp.
“It does fascinate people but that’s what Jim is like.” O’Sullivan admitted to the Independent.
“He’s been like that since I’ve known him, since I played U-21s.”
On the very rare occasion that Jim Gavin drops his guard, it’s still only a slight amplification of his usual self, maybe a slight change in tone, or a different glance. If anything it’s an art form.
“I don’t know whether that’s from the army training or pilot training – whether you’re taught that if something is going wrong with the aircraft and you’re at the helm, you need to be calm and you need to be able to make key decisions in intense moments – maybe there’s something in that.”
“For us, it’s obviously a massive source of comfort to know that there is a guy like that steering the ship. It does fascinate people but that’s what Jim is like.”
Speaking of another man that gave him his big break, O’Sullivan has paid tribute to Pat Gilroy, who is being touted as the popular choice to manage Dublin’s Senior Hurling Panel next year and Cian believes he’d be a huge success.
“He’s been incredibly successful in all fields of management, whether that’s in the businesses that he’s been involved in or the teams he’s been involved in; Vincent’s and the Dublin team in 2009, ’10, ’11 and ’12. So he has all those qualities that it takes to be a fantastic manager.”