Val Andrews quits Cavan football job after players revolt

Cavan manager Val Andrews

Cavan football manager Val Andrews has resigned after the county's players made it clear that wanted him to step down from the position.

Andrews' resignation follows a meeting of the Cavan players on Tuesday night.

A Cavan GAA statement on Thursday said that the meeting had had the "blessing of both management and board".

"A number of issues arose from the meeting and following a discussion with Val Andrews, he has decided to tender his resignation," said the statement.

"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 Cavan County board every opportunity to make alternative arrangements for the up coming Ulster Senior football championship and in doing so he wishes the best for Cavan football."

Andrews' exit leaves Cavan without a manager less more than five weeks ahead of the Ulster Championship opener against Donegal.

The development comes after Cavan narrowly avoided relegation to Division 4 of the Football League.

Tuesday's players meeting in Virginia was said to have been attended by a substantial number of the county squad.

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GAA journalist Sean McMahon on the Cavan managerial upheaval

One source told BBC Sport that those present had voted 30-3 in favour of the proposal that the current management should step down.

The players then apparently agreed to make representations to the county board calling for a change of management.

The Breffni County only remained in Division 3 thanks to Offaly's defeat by already-relegated Tipperary on Sunday.

Andrews was place in sole charge of the Breffni side for this season after sharing the managerial duties with Terry Hyland in 2011.

The Dubliner attempted to overhaul the squad to a degree this year with star forward Seanie Johnston dropped from the panel and the high-profile Micheal Lyng also not involved.

However, despite the achievement of the under-21s in again reaching the Ulster final, the seniors had an even more disappointing league campaign than last season.

Andrews led Cavan from 1998 to 2001 when he was ousted from the job despite leading the Breffnimen to a narrow defeat by Tyrone in the Ulster Final.

His managerial CV also includes leading Tralee IT to the Sigerson Cup title in 1998 as well as leading Louth and the Leinster Railway Cup team.

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