There have been few men who have cemented themselves within the underage ranks of Dublin GAA more in the past decade than former All-Star full back Paddy Christie. However, the Ballymun man says he is not the right man to replace Jim Gavin as the new Dublin boss.
Christie’s name has been thrown around alongside a slew of Dublin legends as a possible candidate to replace Jim Gavin after he announced his retirement as Dublin manager a little over a week ago after seven seasons at the helm, winning six All-Ireland titles during that period.
The 43-year-old DCU boss, who made his inter-county senior debut for the Dublin seniors against Armagh in 1995, stood at odds of 33/1 to be the next manager of the current All-Ireland champions, but has ruled out replacing Gavin as Dublin manager.
Speaking to The College View Christie said: “To be honest I don’t even know why my name was mentioned in the first place to be a possible candidate to replace Jim Gavin. My current qualifications are nowhere near good enough when you compare it to the other names floating about, such as the likes of Dessie Farrell and Pat Gilroy. I won’t be asked but even if I was, I wouldn’t have the time.”
The Ballymun schoolteacher has always been heavily involved in producing the next crop of Dublin players, taking on his first coaching role with the Ballymun Kickhams under-10 team at the age of 20. Since then, Christie has been involved in the development of some of the finest players the club has ever produced, including Dean Rock, James McCarthy, Philly McMahon and John Small.
Since his retirement from the game, Christie took on the role as the Dublin minor manager in 2015 but finished the season without any success. Most recently, he has stood in the dugout alongside Paddy O’Rourke as the trainer of Burren, the 2018 Down county champions. Christie is also the current DCU manager and will be involved with the Tipperary senior footballers for the upcoming season.
When asked on who Christie believes will succeed Gavin as the next Dublin manager, the Ballymun man said: “You need someone that is willing to dedicate their life to Dublin football, which is what Jim did. If I was to have my say I feel Dessie Farrell would be a good candidate.”
“He has worked with a lot these players at minor and under 21 level such as John Small, Cormac Costello and Niall Scully. He is a smart football man and would know what the team needs.”
With Gavin’s departure, the public are left wondering if Dublin’s dominance continue into the next decade. “Like everything in life, all good things must come to an end. The wheels won’t fully fall off the Dublin machine, but don’t be surprised to see the Dubs beaten in a quarter or semi-final in the next few years. This alongside living up to the Gavin legacy will be the biggest challenge for the next manager. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes at the minute, but I wouldn’t rule myself in the future in taking the job,” Christie said.
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