Tuesday 20 March 2018

McGleenan can replicate club success with Cavan, insists Hughes

Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Sportsfile
Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Monaghan star Darren Hughes has "no doubt" his former club manager Mattie McGleenan will power Cavan to new levels.

The Farney powerhouse knows McGleenan well as he revived his club Scotstown's fortunes over the last number of years.

The former Tyrone footballer guided the north Monaghan outfit to three county SFC titles in four years, a record that represented a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the club who had only contested one decider in the previous 25 years.

And Hughes has backed him to be a success with the Breffni county as they kick off their return to the top flight with the visit of back-to-back All-Ireland champions Dublin.

And he expects Cavan to play a more direct style under their new boss, who replaced Terry Hyland over the winter.

"He's a great manager, he's proved that over the years," Hughes said. "It's not just by chance that we've reached four finals in a row with him, won three of them after coming from only (reaching) one final previous to that in 25 years.


"He had a good nucleus of players coming through, but we still needed a manager and he's a great man manager. He had different tactics and done different things and had us believing that we could go out and win every game. We went out and lost to Crossmaglen in an Ulster club final and we went into that game with no doubt we could win it.

"I have no doubt he'll do well with Cavan, he'll bring a different style of play and best of luck to him."

Hughes went on to state that it was only a matter of time before McGleenan, who works as a teacher in Armagh, was handed a job at county level.

"I suppose he'd have probably been looking at his own county and there might have been a minor job he was interested in a couple of years ago, but we kept success in the club and we were big fans of Mattie and the players were always big fans of him.

"We pushed hard to keep him and made him feel as welcome and wanted as he needed to be. The success he's had, I suppose it was inevitable that somebody would come knocking for him, a club or a county team.

"He admitted it was an ambition of his to manage a county team at some stage and get involved at that set-up. The restrictions of club are a lot different from what you have at county so he loves coaching, he loves football and no doubt he'll put his best foot forward with Cavan."

Irish Independent

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