TYRONE GREAT PETER Canavan will not stand for reappointment to the role of Fermanagh senior football manager.
The All-Ireland winning forward has spent two years in charge of his neighbouring county, but last night agreed on an amicable split with the Ernesiders.
“I will not be putting my name forward for the post of Senior Manager for the 2014 year,” the Errigal Ciaran man said in a statement released late last night.
Canavan thanked former and current county chairman for their support was sure to add caveats to some of his messages of thanks, using phrases like ‘’to those genuinely concerned with Fermanagh football.’
His highest and most unconditional praise, however, was kept for the men who played under him:
“The senior footballers now representing their county are fully committed, unified and ambitious. With a clear vision and a united county committee I have no doubt that the players will respond in a positive manner.”
Canavan added credit for the manner in which the squad had dealt with the tragic death of team mate Brian Óg Maguire almost one year ago.
“The players’ commitment, attitude, willingness to work and improve themselves deserves special mention. Also in dealing with very difficult and sad issues off the field they displayed maturity and outstanding loyalty to their team mate and friend.
“This group of players deserve the best and I hope moving forward the Fermanagh County Committee will ensure that this happens.”
A statement from the county board released simultaneously, said:
“Fermanagh County Committee thank Peter and his entire backroom team for all their hard work and commitment over the last two years and acknowledge the progress made in respect of their work with the county team.
“Peter took over the team at a very difficult time and during his period as manager worked extremely hard to develop a united panel of players leaving the county well placed to meet the challenges of county football in the years ahead.”