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Cavan begin the hunt for Mattie McGleenan's replacement

Former Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan after defeat to Donegal in the Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary round at Ballybofey Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

CAVAN were beginning the hunt for a new manager last night, a day after Mattie McGleenan stepped down following two years in charge of the Breffni senior footballers.

McGleenan had a largely unsuccessful time at the helm in Cavan, losing at the first hurdle in the Ulster Championship on both occasions – this year, to Donegal – and exiting the Qualifiers at round two to Tipperary, in 2017, and his native Tyrone in round three this time around. However, the Breffni county were promoted back to Divison One earlier this year after being relegated in McGleenan’s first season in charge and will be desperate to maintain their top flight status under any new manager.

McGleenan had guided Scotstown to the Monaghan county title and an Ulster final appearance before he took the reins with Cavan.

The former Tyrone player’s departure follows the resignation last week of Éamonn Burns after his three years in charge of the Down footballers.

Familiar names will be tossed around in relation to both vacancies, with Steven Poacher, who has impressed during his coaching spell with Carlow, among the potential candidates. Mayo selector Tony McEntee may also be keen on a change of scenery following the westerners’ shock Championship exit at the hands of Kildare.

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