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Cavan appoint Morrison as coach

John Morrison has been appointed coach to the Cavan football team for 2012.

The much-travelled Armagh man split with Mickey Moran at Leitrim at the end of last season and was not directly involved with an inter-county team this season.

But in a reshuffle, Val Andrews has decided to enlist the help of Morrison as he tries to rebuild Cavan after a disappointing 2011 championship season. Since then, Andrews has assumed the role of manager outright, with Terry Hyland reverting to the role of selector.

Meath manager Seamus McEnaney will unveil Graham Geraghty as Paul Grimley's replacement on Monday.

Tom Keague -- who stepped in as a selector after the departure of Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan -- will step up to assistant manager, with Martin McElkennon remaining on as strength and conditioning coach.

DOWN have strongly denied that a player meeting was responsible for the surprise changes in their football management that have seen Brian McIver and Paddy Tally step down.

"We categorically state that no such meeting took place subsequent to our defeat by Cork in the All-Ireland qualifiers," a Mourne statement read.

Manager James McCartan is staying on for a third year and Aidan O'Rourke has left Kildare's management team to join him. McCartan's new-look back-room team will also include Jerome Johnston and a new strength and conditioning coach in Amy Davis.

Carlow have intimated that Luke Dempsey will stay on as their senior football manager, but that they are likely to bring in a new team coach, probably from the ranks of the county's former players.

As revealed by yesterday's Irish Independent, Liam Griffin is to chair Wexford's committee to find a new senior hurling manager, which will include county chairman Ger Doyle, Brendan Maher (Rathnure), Billy Byrne (Naomh Éanna) and Darragh Ryan (St Anne's).

This weekend's Kildare intermediate football quarter-final, between Eadestown and Kill, has been postponed due to Monasterevin's continuing greviance over a 'wrong score' controversy. The three other quarter-finals are going ahead.

Monasterevin contend that a referee submitted the wrong match score for one of their group games and that they should have qualified for the knockout stages. Kildare County Board rejected their appeal, but they are now taking their case to the Leinster Council.

Kerry's hopes of luring Tadhg Kennelly (30) back to GAA have hit an obstacle after reports Down Under linked the retiring Sydney Swans star with a move to Aussie Rules club Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Irish Independent

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