Monday 20 November 2017

Cavan to hold discussions with Hyland over his future

Terry Hyland
Terry Hyland

Declan Rooney

Cavan GAA bosses are waiting to sit down with football manager Terry Hyland to decide if he will spend a fifth season in charge of the Breffni County.

Cavan exited the Championship last weekend following a Round 2A qualifier defeat to Roscommon, and while a win in the previous round against London was impressive and they only lost out to Monaghan by a point in Ulster, results have not been kind.

Now in his fourth year as Cavan manager – he was initially joint manager with Val Andrews – Hyland indicated after Saturday’s clash that he was willing to stay on for another season, but the county board chairman Gerry Brady has yet to speak with Hyland about his future.

“We haven’t had any discussions yet, we’ve let things sit for the time being. It’s too early, he wouldn’t have had a chance to have any discussions with his backroom team yet. That’s our normal process here in Cavan,” said Brady.


“We’ve had no formal or informal discussions whatsoever. We’d always have ongoing meetings with out manager but nothing yet and won’t be this week anyway.”

Three wins, three defeats and one draw saw Cavan finish in mid-table in Division 2 this year, but a second season without a provincial championship win and consecutive defeats to Roscommon in the qualifiers is not what Hyland would have hoped for.

And while he wants to give Hyland the chance to make his intentions clear before making any decision on his future, Brady admits that no one in the county is happy to be finished with football for the summer.

“Nobody would be happy with exiting the Championship and exiting the All-Ireland series as well, but we are where we are. That’s basically it.

“We’re like a lot of other counties at the moment, we’re out of the inter-county Championship for another season so we have to wait and see,” he said.

Elsewhere, Westmeath boss Tom Cribbin has made just one change from the side that stunned Meath for Sunday’s Leinster final clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

John Connellan has been rewarded for his impact off the bench last time out and he comes into the full-forward line in place of Lorcan Smyth.

Otherwise, the personnel remain the same but interestingly one of the stars of the last day, Kieran Martin, has been named at centre-back.


Westmeath (SF v Dublin) – D Quinn; K Daly, K Maguire, J Gilligan; P Holloway, K Martin, J Dolan; D Corroon, D Daly; G Egan, P Sharry, R Connellan; J Connellan, J Heslin, S Dempsey.

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