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Peter Canavan calls time on Fermanagh role

Updated: Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 08:10 | Comments

Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan

Peter Canavan has resigned as manager of the Fermanagh football team after two years at the helm.

Under the Tyrone legend, Fermanagh earned promotion to Division 3, but failed to make any significant impact in the All-Ireland SFC.

The Ernesiders only Championship win during Canavan’s tenure came against Westmeath in the qualifiers.

That sole success was sandwiched between defeats at the hands of Cavan.

In a statement issued late on Monday night, he said: "After lengthy and careful consideration I have today informed the Fermanagh County Committee Chairman that I will not be putting my name forward for the post of Senior Manager for the 2014 year.

"My management team and I have worked extremely hard over the past two years and we believe significant progress has been made.

"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.

"I want to thank my management team for their incredible efforts and sacrifices over the period I was in post and finally my sincere thanks are extended to the special group of players who I have worked with over the past two years. They are a credit to their families, clubs and county.

"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. I wish everyone who is genuinely concerned with Fermanagh football the very best of luck in the future."

Fermanagh GAA added: "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.

"We wish Peter and all members of his backroom team every success for the future."

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