Cavan manager Val Andrews regards his team’s bid for the Ulster Championship title as “unfinished business” now that he is halfway through the first year of his second term in charge.
Andrews was in charge of the Breffni side from 1999 until 2001 but stood down when he felt he did not get the requisite support from club delegates at a county board meeting even though he had taken the side to an Ulster final in ’01.
Since then though he has followed Cavan’s fortunes closely from his base in Dublin and watched successive managers such as Donal Keogh and Tommy Carr fail to bring success to what is a football-mad county — their last Ulster title came under Martin McHugh in 1997.
When disenchantment set in last year, and Carr subsequently parted company with the Breffni county, Andrews lobbed his hat into the ring and now finds himself planning for what he hopes will be a helping of championship success, although his team are very much underdogs in their meeting with Donegal on Sunday.
“I maybe left in haste 10 years ago — I think it was a case of getting thick,” he smiles.
“I am now very keen to take Cavan down the championship road. I regard the pursuit of an Ulster title as unfinished business and hopefully this can be completed now.”
Along with his assistant Terry Hyland, he has welded together a side that is an amalgam of youth and experience, steel and skill.
“Maybe we did not cover ourselves in glory over the course of the National League but you can take it that the players have real hunger for the championship.
“The fact that we have home advantage against Donegal should be a help to us but we know they will be favourites.
“After all they are a Division One side now and we have to live with that,” observes Andrews.
“Cavan have not had a good record in the Ulster Championship over recent years and we would like to deliver this time.
It would be a massive boost if we were to beat Donegal.”