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Player power out of hand, says McGrath

 

By Declan Bogue

Two-time All-Ireland-winning manager Pete McGrath has revealed the reasons behind his shock departure as Fermanagh manager less than a week after he had been ratified to continue into 2018.

In a typically frank interview, the Down man exclusively tells the Belfast Telegraph that he feels player power is damaging the integrity of managers in inter-county Gaelic football.

"Does that lead to a situation where every team manager knows that he, ultimately, is at the mercy of players? And somehow he has to pander to players to keep them sweet?" he asked.

"I know this is happening in other counties and I think it is extremely regrettable."

McGrath revealed he attended a meeting with some county board officers and three players' representatives, where it was made known that some players would not return to play for him.

"At that stage I decided I had enough and I exited the meeting. I took the decision there was no point in me remaining as manager," he revealed.

He also stated: "I am not going to be burdened by the events of this past week. I did all I could for Fermanagh for four years and I have no regrets, no animosity, and I am holding no grudges with anyone."

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW: Misguided Erne stars have got it all wrong, says ex Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath

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