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Sunday 22 October 2017

Fermanagh could have done more to keep me – Peter Canavan

Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Peter Canavan has hinted that Fermanagh could have done more to ensure he stayed on as manager for a third season.

The Tyrone legend stood down from his post with the northern county on Monday night.

"Different things that could have been been done that would have been a major help," Canavan replied, when asked if officials in the county had done enough to ensure remained as manager into 2014.

"I understand that there's restraints within the county as well," added Canavan.

"You read at the minute that the two teams that competed in the All-Ireland final last year are having problems securing things for their team. Fermanagh are no different. I put my concerns to the county chairman regarding a number of things, but that's for them to work on."

When news of his resignation filtered through, Canavan was immediately linked to a number of roles, but the six-time All Star revealed that he would not be involved with a different county next year.

"I have no plans and don't intend to be involved with anybody," said the double All-Ireland winner.

"Holy Trinity college in Cookstown have entered the college's competitions and have moved up a level to 'B' level for all competitions. That's a massive step for the school, I will be fully immersed in that."

Under Canavan, Fermanagh gained promotion to Division 3 and narrowly missed out on Division 2 football for next year. They also endured the untimely death of team-mate Brian Og Maguire.

"When a bunch of boys are fully committed and give you everything, you become attached to them.

"But this group of boys were extremely difficult from the starting point in that there were a lot of bridges to be built.

"They were able to do that and they were able to bury the hatchet and overcome difficulties that they had with one another.

"On top of that, no team should have to deal with the death of one of their team-mates.

"I thought that the way in which this group of players dealt with that was admirable," he added.

"I also felt that, in terms of remembering their team-mate and how they handled themselves on and off the pitch, was brilliant."

Fermanagh have won just one Ulster minor championship match since 2003 and have a similarly poor record at U-21 grade, but Canavan insists the county have a bright future.

"There are a number of young players that will be there for many years to come and we felt that we came within a kick of a ball of getting promoted," said Canavan.

"I would believe that the team are good enough to be playing Division 2 football.

"When you look at the quality of the teams that got promoted ahead of us, Monaghan and Meath, Fermanagh are not far behind them."

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