Friday 24 March 2017

Canavan offers 'clean slate' in bid to heal rift

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

NEW Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan will give every player in the county a "clean slate" as he looks to heal the rift that developed last season.

A number of the county's high-profile players withdrew their services last season after a dispute with manager John O'Neill, but former Tyrone All-Ireland-winning captain Canavan will "hold no grudges" ahead of the 2012 campaign.

"I'll be starting with a clean slate," he said in an interview with TV3. "A lot of people would have said, 'you're mad going near that, things aren't good there,' but I'm going in holding no grudges against anybody.

"I want to see players committed, willing to work hard and willing to do whatever they can to play for their county.

"If I didn't believe there was ambition in the squad, I wouldn't be there. We'll have trials to see who wants to play for Fermanagh and I'd like to think the best players in the county will put themselves forward and will want to represent the county."

Canavan recently stepped down as manager of his home club Errigal Ciaran and Fermanagh represents his first foray into inter-county management.

"Since I retired I've put in a spell with my own club and an opportunity presented itself with Fermanagh, but it's something that I'm looking forward to," he said.

"It's a massive challenge and I'm well aware of the enormity of the task, but I'm looking forward to it and I have strong men with me to help and support me in what we are trying to do and hopefully it will be a good year for the county."

Canavan's first game in charge will come on January 8 at Brewster Park as Fermanagh open their McKenna Cup campaign against Antrim.

He will meet a few familiar faces on Wednesday, January 18 when he brings his side to Healy Park to meet Tyrone.

Irish Independent

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