Dublin boss Jim Gavin given contract extension

Dublin boss Jim Gavin
Dublin boss Jim Gavin

In the week that their Championship campaign throws in, Dublin boss Jim Gavin has been given a new deal.

On Sunday Dublin begin their quest for Sam against Longford but before a ball is kicked, Jim Gavin is secure in his future on the sideline.

It has been announced on that he has been extended until the end of the 2016 campaign, so regardless of how the 2015 Championship goes, he is safe.

Gavin's current deal was due to expire at the end of the summer.

Dublin chairman Seán Shanley tells the site that the extra year was granted ahead of the big throw-in so that there was "no pressure on him - that he had to win (the All-Ireland) in the next year. That is the theory behind it."

It is a bold move but considering Gavin's record for the Dubs, which has seen three National leagues, two Leinster titles and one All-Ireland under his tenure thus far, it is more than merited.

In other GAA manager news, Laois hurling manager Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett has stepped down from his role after a row over inter-county players playing club games.

Laois play Offaly on June 7 but there are reports that some of his panel played games for their clubs in recent days.

In a statement on Twitter the Laois County Board said: 

Laois GAA regret to announce Seamas Plunkett has stepped down as Laois Senior Hurling manager citing personal reasons.

Laois County Board would like to thank Seamas for his contribution to Laois hurling over the last number of years and look forward to working with him again in the near future.

Ger Cunningham has been appointed as interim manager with immediate effect.