Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Hurling: Canavan ready to outline demands to Fermanagh chiefs

Fermanagh GAA bosses are expected to meet Peter Canavan “within days” after the Tyrone legend cast doubt over his future following the Erne County's collapse against Cavan in the Qualifiers.

Canavan fuelled speculation that he was strongly considering his position when he said he wanted “outside issues” addressed.

“We were not going to be staying on for the sake of staying if we were not happy with things at the end of the first year. That was the agreement at the start,” said the Fermanagh boss.

“There's a number of issues that need to be addressed. Are the players getting the opportunity to be the best they can be?”

Fermanagh chairman Patsy Dolan has responded by saying a meeting with Canavan will be held soon.

Canavan refused to elaborate on “things outside of our control that people are going to have to look at.”

But he did say that “the experience I have got (overall) has been a very positive one”.

Chairman Dolan said he was hopeful the situation could be resolved by talking this weekend.

“We are talking days rather than weeks and that was pre-planned before Sunday's result. We hold a review with managers every year, but I would be hopeful that we can move on and build further next year,” Dolan said.

The chairman added that the Cavan result was very disappointing and admitted: “There is work to be done.”

Although Canavan did not go into details, it is understood he is concerned that players were not getting their expenses on time and fundraising drives had not been as successful as anticipated.

“There's a lot of potential there,” he explained.

“Players in Fermanagh don't want to be treated any differently to any other player and it is all about getting things in place to ensure that is the case.”

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