Andrews leaves Cavan post

Dubliner Val Andrews has resigned as manager of the Cavan senior footballers with immediate effect.

Dubliner Val Andrews has resigned as manager of the Cavan senior footballers with immediate effect.

Andrews tendered his resignation to the Cavan County Board today amid speculation that his players forced him out of the position after a disappointing Allianz Football League campaign.

Reports surfaced this week of a vote which the players allegedly took at a meeting in Virginia on Tuesday night, with 33 of them said to have voted in favour of asking Andrews to resign.

However, Cavan County Board chairman Tom Reilly has denied that such a vote took place. Indeed, a source has stated that only 26 players were actually at the meeting and that the 33-3 vote tally does not stack up.

Nonetheless, it does seem that the players were unhappy with Andrews' managerial set-up and the lack of results on the pitch since he took over.

Andrews' run as Cavan boss lasted only 18 months and included Championship defeats to Donegal and Longford, and a poor 2012 league run which saw the Breffni men narrowly avoid relegation to Division 4.

Andrews initially came on board as part of a managerial tandem with Terry Hyland who bowed out last year but remains a selector in the senior set-up.

Last night saw Hyland guide the Cavan Under-21s to their second Ulster title in-a-row, however he insisted to reporters afterwards that he has no interest in the senior job.

"I am the Under-21 manager and that is where I intend to stay," admitted Hyland, who also launched to the defence of the current Cavan senior panel.

"We have put out a very young squad at senior (level) and okay, they haven't done as well in Division 3 as some people thought they might have done.

"But they're very young. The average age is 22. They will regroup and come again."

The prolonged absence of mercurial forward Seanie Johnston from the Cavan team this year has certainly dogged them. To many, Andrews' decision to drop Johnston entirely from the panel last October was a bad call - their issues could have been resolved come the start of the league.

It led to the player's so far unsuccessful attempt to transfer away from Cavan Gaels and further his inter-county career with Kildare - Johnston works in Cavan town but lives currently in Straffan, Co. Kildare.

However, the new Cavan boss may be able to coax Johnston back into a Cavan jersey for the summer months as they look to end their recent run of poor form.

The Cavan County Committee are due to meet tonight to set the ball rolling on finding Andrews' replacement, with a quick appointment expected ahead of the Ulster Championship.

The statement regarding Val Andrews' resignation, issued by the Cavan County Board today, reads:

"Following Cavan’s exit from the Allianz Football League, the senior inter-county panel informed the management and Board that it was their wish to have a players meeting to analyse their own personal performances from said campaign. The players had the blessing of both management and Board to have this meeting.

"A number of issues arose from the meeting and following a discussion with Val Andrews, he has decided to tender his resignation as Cavan senior team manager with immediate effect.

"This decision is yet another example of the genuine interest and love Val Andrews has for Cavan football. Val feels that for the overall well being of the team which he worked selflessly with, a speedy decision is necessary to afford the Cavan County Board every opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the upcoming Ulster Championship and in doing so he wishes the best for Cavan football.

"The chairman and officers of the Cavan County Board, who enjoyed a close relationship with Val, would like to express our gratitude to him for his efforts in our county, and wish him and his family health and good luck in the future."

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