Sunday 17 December 2017

Canavan raises doubts over his Fermanagh future

Orla Bannon

Peter Canavan has cast doubt over his Fermanagh future in the wake of Sunday's early exit from the qualifiers.

The Ernesiders boss was appointed on a three-year term only last winter but insists he always intended to review the situation after each year.

Canavan hinted that unless he secures more financial backing from the county board to implement the changes he feels are necessary to take Fermanagh to the next level, he may not stay.

"We said at the start that as far as I was concerned, we would review our position at the end of the year,'' he revealed.

"It might have been a three-year term but we said that we'd be looking at things at the end of the first year.

"We said that if we weren't happy, or things weren't moving in the right direction, then we wouldn't be staying for the sake of staying.

"That was the agreement at the start and that's the way it is now.''

Fermanagh's first season under the Tyrone legend promised so much early on, with promotion from Division 4 in the Allianz League.

But they crashed and burned against Down in the Ulster championship and things went horribly wrong against Cavan on Sunday, when they led by six points with 20 minutes remaining only to concede 3-3 in a 10-minute spell to end their summer.

The Ernesiders don't have the financial muscle of other counties. It is a difficulty that previous Fermanagh managers have struggled with, but Canavan is hoping to get backing he needs.

"There has been serious progress made with these players individually, I believe, in the last six months," he said. "Are they up to the level of a lot of other counties? No they're not.

"But if the desire is there and they want to do it, there's nothing to stop them from getting themselves in that sort of condition.

"They do need all the support they can get as well. There's a number of issues that need to be addressed regarding that, whether the players are getting every opportunity to be the best they can be.

"We'll be speaking to the county board and see how it goes."

Irish Independent

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