Jim Gavin has stepped down as manager of the Dublin senior footballers, after winning six All-Ireland titles in seven years at the helm.

Gavin took over in 2013, leading the Sky Blues to the Sam Maguire Cup in his maiden season.

While they lost to Donegal in 2014, that proved to be Gavin’s sole championship loss throughout a seven-year stint, as the Sky Blues recorded an unprecedented five-in-a-row from 2015-2019.

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The shock news was announced at lunchtime on Saturday afternoon, with Dublin chairman Sean Shanley leading the tributes.

“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,” he said.

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