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Mattie McGleenan takes over in bid to steady the Cavan ship


By Declan Bogue

Published 11/10/2016

In charge: Mattie McGleenan is the new Cavan boss
In charge: Mattie McGleenan is the new Cavan boss

Mattie McGleenan has been ratified by the Cavan County Board as their new county manager. He takes over from Terry Hyland, who had been in charge from the tail end of 2010 - first in a partnership with Val Andrews, then in sole charge since a player's coup in the spring of 2012. McGleenan is currently manager at Monaghan club Scotstown, who face Kilcoo in the preliminary round of the Ulster club campaign this Sunday.

It is understood that he will remain in charge of the club while laying plans for Cavan's 2017 campaign, that features them back in Division One for the first time in decades.

Previous managers have taken charge at both club and county level simultaneously, such as Mickey Harte in his first few months as Tyrone manager.

He is believed to have recruited trainer Colin McAree of Monaghan Harps as he puts together his backroom team.

The former Tyrone player played in the 1995 All-Ireland final against Dublin and was a cult figure among the Red Hand support for his physical play and courage.

He has been involved in hosting the Campa Chormaic summer camps at his club, Eglish St Patrick's, and is a teacher in St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh.

Before his work with Scotstown, the sleeping giants who he led out of their slumber by winning their first county title in 20 years back in 2013, he also brought Monaghan Harps from the junior ranks and established them as a force at senior level.

Last November, his Scotstown team came desperately close to taking an Ulster title when they lost narrowly to Crossmaglen Rangers in an extra-time thriller. They had already accounted for then reigning champions Slaughtneil in the quarter-final.

It has emerged that McGleenan could have to prepare for Division One without the services of Cavan's 2013 All-Star nominee Cian Mackey.

In recent weeks the flame-haired attacker has moved to London to work at his trade as a plumber and has commuted home for training as his club Castlerahan has made the county final, earning a draw against Ramor United in Breffni Park last Sunday, with the replay fixed for this weekend.

Convincing Mackey to stay and selling his vision could be McGleenan's first task in charge of the Breffni blues.

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