Trio short-listed for Cavan manager role as nominations close

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Raymond Galligan, Micheál McDermott and Jason O’Reilly have all thrown their names into the hat for the vacant Cavan senior team manager’s position.

While McDermott and O’Reilly have been widely mentioned since Mickey Graham stepped down on July 10, Galligan, captain of the Cavan senior team since 2019, is the big surprise on the list.

The deadline for nominations from the clubs was last night (Sunday) and the trio were nominated by their home clubs Lacken, Shercock and Belturbet.

McDermott previously enjoyed Senior Championship success in several counties, including Cavan (Ramor United in 2016), and managed the Clare senior footballers. O’Reilly, one of Cavan’s greatest goalscorers during a 15-year county playing career, managed Cavan Gaels to a Senior Championship title and was part of the Leitrim senior management under Terry Hyland.

Galligan captained Cavan to the Ulster Championship win in 2020 and has played over 100 games for the county, firstly as a forward and, since 2015, as goalkeeper, winning an All-Star award in 2020.

“We will now appoint a sub-committee to advance the process of appointing a new senior team manager,” stated county chairman Kieran Callaghan.

The county board executive will meet to ratify the sub-committee, which will be a mixture of officers of the board and one or more other individuals.

While the sub-committee will be empowered to look further afield, it is believed the new manager is most likely to come from the trio short-listed.

See Wednesday’s print edition for more.