Morrison hoping to revive fortunes at Cavan
Published 04/10/2011 | 00:00
It’s 14 years since Cavan last won the Ulster senior football championship title.
But new coach John Morrison, who has been installed as No 2 to manager Val Andrews, believes that having now assessed the county’s senior football championship which was won by Cavan Gaels on Sunday, there is enough talent and skill to end the provincial famine — providing this is married to the right attitude, that is.
Morrison is the straight-talking Armagh man who has been Mickey Moran’s assistant at Derry, Mayo and Leitrim in the past and who has worked with both Armagh and Antrim.
And already he is preaching a positive stance as he embarks on his role with the Breffni county.
"There is phenomenal passion for football in Cavan and I think it is imperative that a positive mind-set is adopted," maintains the new coach.
"The county has suffered setbacks in recent years but there is a raft of talented players in the county who are capable of achieving things.
"It is vital though that they have the right attitude going forward."
Manager Andrews has just overseen an indifferent season for Cavan.
The team laboured through an undistinguished course in Division Three of the National League before losing to Donegal in the Ulster Championship and then bowing out of the All Ireland Qualifiers to Cork.
The capture of Morrison as coach could have an uplifting effect on the Breffni squad given his innovative theories and strident motivational rhetoric.
He is certainly relishing the challenge and is hoping to have a blueprint in place that will see a marked revival in Cavan’s fortunes.
"Cavan is a proud county with a strong tradition of success in Ulster but this has not been in evidence of late," says Morrison.
"I think though if we all pull together and take a positive line then progress can be made.
"I know that there is a great groundswell of support for the Cavan team and from now on we have to give the fans something to shout about."
Derry manager John Brennan expressed similar sentiments when he took over earlier this year and promptly led the team into the Ulster final in which they lost to Donegal.
But he nonetheless managed to rekindle fresh enthusiasm and goodwill for the county side — something that Morrison now hopes to do in tandem with Andrews in Cavan.