Fermanagh name Peter Canavan as new football manager

Peter Canavan was confirmed as the new Fermanagh county football boss on Monday evening.

The former All-Ireland winning Tyrone captain has been appointed for a three-year term.

Canavan emerged as the frontrunner last week and all the other candidates then opted out of the race.

Canavan's ex-Tyrone team-mate Enda Kilpatrick will train the panel and Ciaran Donnelly, who played for Fermanagh, comes in as selector.

The 40-year-old Canavan, who captained Tyrone to All-Ireland success in 2003 and played in another Sam Maguire Cup-winning side two years later, recently stepped down as Errigal Ciaran manager.

The Fermanagh board hope that Canavan's appointment will rejuvenate the county after John O'Neill's unsuccessful one-year reign.

A number of players made themselves unavailable for the county team during O'Neill's stint and an Ulster Championship defeat by Derry was followed by an embarrassing reverse against London in the first round of the qualifiers.

Burren boss Frank Dawson and Darren Chapman were among those also nominated for the Erne County job before the campaign to install Canavan appeared to develop unassailable momentum.

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