Sunday 4 December 2016

Cavan hunt for new boss as Hyland steps down

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

Hyland has decided not to press for an extension to his current agreement, which came to an end with this year’s championship exit to Derry. Picture: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Hyland has decided not to press for an extension to his current agreement, which came to an end with this year’s championship exit to Derry. Picture: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

Terry Hyland has brought his four-and-a-half year term as Cavan football manager to an end.

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Despite spearheading their promotion to Division One football earlier this year he has decided not to press for an extension to his current agreement, which came to an end with this year's championship exit to Derry. His involvement with Cavan teams spanned three decades.

He linked up with Val Andrews initially between 1999 and 2001, before returning to spearhead the county's developmental push at U-21 level, managing the team from 2010 to 2012.

Hyland was joint senior manager when Andrews returned in 2011, took a step back for 2012 but was then appointed manager outright after Andrews' departure at the end of the 2012 league.

Confirming his departure last night Cavan County Board paid tribute to his contribution.

Structures

"Terry's ambition was to develop the players and implement the structures to ensure Cavan and her players would be in a better place when the time was right for the baton to pass," a statement read.

Hyland himself said his own personal workload in the hardware industry, allied to his football commitments, had become "unsustainable" with 80 hour weeks between the two.

Cavan chairman Gerry Brady said Hyland was in the position for all the "right reasons", hailing his "honesty and integrity coupled with an unfaltering desire to see Cavan football brought back to where it belongs."

The highlight of Hyland's reign was their progress to the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, which they lost to Kerry, a journey they were unable to repeat since. In Ulster they lost to the champions in each of the last two years.

He is the third inter-county manager in two years not to continue with a team promoted to Division One, following John Evans and Jim McCorry, managers of Roscommon and Down last year.

Only Tyrone's Mickey Harte was serving longer in a senior inter-county management position.

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