Val Andrews faces players revolt in Cavan

Updated: April 12, 2012

It was always expected that Cavan football manager, Val Andrews would resign at the end of the 2012 GAA season but recent rumblings in Cavan and reports of unrest within the camp may result in a showdown sooner than later.

It is widely reported not only in the national media but also within Cavan’ that the football panel has contacted county chairman Tom Reilly and outlined many of their concerns regarding Val Andrews.

Clearly last week’s Allianz defeat against Antrim at Kingspan Breffni Park has brought matters to the boil and usually reliable sources suggest that a players meeting has since taken place in Virginia following which the team’s representative contacted Reilly and asked for an early meeting.
The vast majority of the squad are said to have voted in favour of a change of manager before the Ulster Championship campaign begins.

Whilst anxious to ensure that the row did not threaten to overshadow the county’s Cadbury’s Ulster U21 final against Tyrone in Enniskillen last night the team expects to meet up with chairman Reilly ‘later this week’ though after to night’s County Board meeting .
Chairman Reilly had already commented that the defeat against Antrim was “totally unacceptable” at the same time stressing that “Val is still the manager.”

After that disastrous defeat Andrews himself told the media that performance simply “wasn’t good enough” .
Only Tipperary’s win over Offaly at Clonmel on Sunday prevented the Breffni from being relegated to the Allianz Football League Division 4.

Dubliner, Andrews is in his second spell as Cavan manager having been joint manager with Terry Hyland in 2011 before taking sole ownership of the job earlier this year.
And of course the Seanie Johnson saga will have caused great concern to followers of Cavan football – as well as to many of his friends in the team.

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