Saturday 20 January 2018

Canavan willing to stay on as Fermanagh boss

Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan. Photo: Sportsfile
Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan. Photo: Sportsfile

Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan is set to stay with the Erne County following a meeting with the county board last week.

It is understood Canavan met with county chairman Patsy Dolan and secretary Thomas Boyle in a meeting described as "amicable".

The Tyrone legend fuelled speculation over his future following the county's collapse against Cavan in the qualifiers, when he said that "outside issues" needed to be addressed.

"We were not going to be staying on just for the sake of staying on if we were not happy with things at the end of the year," said Canavan.

"There's a number of things that need to be addressed. Are the players getting the opportunity to be the best they can be?"

Fermanagh sources confirmed that among the issues discussed at the meeting was the payment of expenses to players as part of the yearly review.

"We think the management was a bit taken aback at the media interpretation of his (Canavan's) remarks," said one source.

"We think there was a degree of misinterpretation. It's been a good year overall but it is worrying that in all of our big matches, against Wicklow, Down and Cavan, you could drive a bus through our defence.

"But we are looking forward to playing in Division 3 next year, and the management will have longer to prepare the players and bring them to the required level.

"They only had six months so it will be a more level playing field next year."

Irish Independent

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