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'I'll Be Delighted To Hand The Bainisteoir Bib Back To Him'

'I'll Be Delighted To Hand The Bainisteoir Bib Back To Him'

Interim Dublin manager Mick Galvin felt Saturday evening's Allianz Football League division one semi-final against Donegal was a bit more pedestrian than he or opposition manager Declan Bonner would have liked.

Dublin won the game by four points. Though - due to the tightened fixture schedule - they will not contest a final against Kerry, who won the evening's other last-four game against Tyrone. The two counties will instead share the title.

"We would have enjoyed a league final," Galvin told TG4.

"The semi-final should lead to a final. Unfortunately, we didn't get there, but it's a different season, a condensed season."

Asked if there not being a league final "demeans" the competition, Galvin responded: "It probably does, to be honest with you. That's for other people to decide. We've had four games, won three and drawn one. We're quite happy with what we got out of the league."

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Galvin has been in charge for Dublin's league campaign as manager Dessie Farrell was suspended for breaking Covid-19 guidelines earlier this year.

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"It was a difficult league for us, without Dessie, but we're where we are and we're quite happy with how it went for us overall," said Galvin.

"I'll be delighted to hand the bainisteoir bib back to him. We've missed him. It's been difficult. It's a very player-driven group, and we've had great help from all our backroom staff. Our job was to keep everything plain sailing until Dessie got back."

Asked about players who have been absent from Dublin's line-up so far this season, including Dean Rock and Stephen Cluxton, Galvin said that "all will be back".

"Jonny (Cooper) picked up a knock in training during the week. Dean picked up a knock at the start of the league, a niggly little injury which has been at him. He's ready to go, and should be back on the pitch next week. We have a reasonably full bill of health, bar John Small."

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