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Cavan board to discuss grievances with players tonight

While the Breffni county’s under 21 side continued an impressive run, rumour is rife that the senior side is looking to oust manager, Val Andrews.

Michael Brady of Cavan celebrates at the final whistle of their u21 Ulster final win over Tyrone.
Michael Brady of Cavan celebrates at the final whistle of their u21 Ulster final win over Tyrone.
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ON A MORNING when all the focus should be on the continued success of their under 21 side, Cavan GAA is instead embroiled in rumours of a management heave.

Last night, in the build up to the under-21 Ulster final at Brewster Park, reports surfaced that the squad had voted 33-3 in favour of Val Andrews’ removal as manager.

This morning, the county have moved to pour cold water on that speculation.

However, Cavan have also confirmed that the players did have a private meeting in the wake of Sunday’s National League defeat to Antrim, and they had requested the permission through official channels.

“On Sunday last the players said they wanted to have a players meeting.” a spokesperson told TheScore.ie.

“They were asked why they wanted a players meeting and they said they ‘wanted to analyse their own performances and what they could do to move forward in preparation for the Donegal game (in the Championship)’. Management gave them a green light to have that meeting.”

That meeting took place on Tuesday night in Virginia and a player representative has since presented “a number of issues” to Cavan chairman, Tom Reilly.

Reilly and his board will move quickly to organise the sit-down with player representatives later today. No time or venue has been confirmed, nor has the attendance of Andrews. In all probability, his name will be high on the agenda, but will meet the board separate from the players.

Any move to oust the Dubliner (who is 18 months into his second spell in charge) is also likely remove the successful under 21 boss, Terry Hyland. The pair have a long history of working together in coaching.

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