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Andrews calls time on his Breffni days

VAL ANDREWS has become the first managerial casualty of 2012 after he stepped down from his post with the Cavan’s senior footballers.

Andrews informed Breffni County officials of his decision this afternoon.

The Dublin native took over last year in a co-manager capacity with Terry Hyland before taking sole charge at the beginning of this year and has endured a difficult spring which saw the team only narrowly avoid relegation to Division 4. Reports earlier today suggested that a group of Cavan players had requested a meeting with their county board in order to voice their dissatisfaction with a disappointing start to the season.

News of Andrews’ resignation could have repercussions for Seánie Johnston’s transfer to Kildare, which was expected to be completed this weekend at Congress.

Andrews did not select Johnston for Cavan this year, a decision which saw the player request a move to the Lilywhites but it is entirely likely that any new management would recall the Cavan Gaels forward as a matter of priority. Johnston has insisted that his wish for a move centered on Andrews’ refusal to select him so the emergence of a new manager could prompt a U-turn.

Cavan did, however, retain their Ulster U21 crown last night beating Tyrone by 1-10 to 0-10 in Brewster Park to set up an All-Ireland semi-final against Roscommon while Cork were 2-12 to 1-14 extra-time winners over Kerry, meaning they face Dublin on April 21.