VAL ANDREWS has expressed sadness and amazement at the turn of events that led to the Cavan footballers effectively voting him out of office, but the Dubliner accepted that his position had become untenable.
A players’ meeting in Virginia on Tuesday sealed Andrews’ fate and he confirmed his resignation yesterday.
“The fact is the lads had a vote. I’m an educationalist. I’m not going to walk into a room and stay on where I’m not wanted,” he explained. “I quit for the good of Cavan football. The position was untenable. I’m saddened, amazed and disappointed at what has happened. But it’s football. Lads are entitled to their opinion. But I don’t agree with their opinion.”
According to Andrews, Tuesday’s meeting had been set up with his blessing and organised by the county board because players wanted to review their own performance after a disappointing Division 3 campaign.
“That’s why I’m amazed,” he added. “The only thing I’m disappointed about was that they didn’t come back to me and say this. I had said to the captain, if I was being an obstacle and they weren’t responding to me, let me know, be straight with me. The disappointing thing for me was that they didn't come back.”
County board chiefs have indicated that their next boss will be a Breffni native and Terry Hyland, who led Cavan to retain their Ulster U21 title on Wednesday night, is favourite to take over, despite distancing himself from the role yesterday.
‘STEVIE’ from Killeavy’ has terrorised his last inter-county defender. Armagh legend Stevie McDonnell – an All-Ireland winner in 2002 and Footballer of the Year 12 months later – confirmed his retirement on Twitter last night. “After 13 years of playing county football with Armagh I have decided that the time is right for me to retire at this level and move on,” McDonnell, 32, tweeted. “I want to thank all the managers and players that I played alongside and made some greatfriendships along the way.’’
DESSIE FARRELL will unveil his new-look Dublin minors in Dr Cullen Park tomorrow night (7.0) when they open their Leinster MFC defence against Carlow.
There is only one starting survivor from the team that lost last year’s All-Ireland final – dual player Eric Lowndes – while another 2011 ‘veteran’, Cormac Costello, is named among the subs, having just recovered from injury.
KERRY (SF v Mayo): B Kealy; S Enright, M ó Sé, K Young; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, B Maguire; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, K Donaghy; C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, P Curtin.
CORK (SF v Down): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; F Goold, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, A Walsh, D O’Connor.
GALWAY (SH v Dublin): F Flannery; K Hynes, D Collins, G O’Halloran; N Donohue, F Moore, T Og Regan; D Burke,, A Smyth; C Cooney, N Burke, B Daly; D Hayes, J Regan, D Glennon.
DUBLIN (MF v Carlow): L Molloy; E Mullan, D Byrne, R McGowan; E Lowndes, C Mulally, E Fletcher; S Carthy, Stephen Cunningham; G Burke, Shane Cunningham, M Mac Donnacha; C McHugh, D Campbell, N Scully. Subs: C Ferris, B Bentley, C Costello, D Brennan, J Fitzgibbon, N Walsh, S Mulvanny, R Gaughan, A Rogers.