Cavan boss Graham to ponder future

By Shaun Casey

MICKEY Graham remains undecided on his future as Cavan manager as his side’s season came to a premature end on Saturday afternoon.

Tailteann Cup favourites Cavan lost to Down in the quarter-final, in Breffni Park, by five points.

That brought a close to Graham’s five year in charge of his native county, who he guided to an Ulster title in 2020.

“Every year since I’ve been involved, we, as a group, let the dust settle,” said Graham after Saturday’s defeat.

“We’ll have a review meeting in three or four week’s time and park the season up then and let the lads concentrate on their club season then and we’ll discuss where we go from there. It’s easy after a game to be emotional and make rash decision but time is a great thing and a great healer.”

The Breffni Blues earned promotion to Division Two this season, claiming the Division Three title, but Graham felt their below par performance in the Ulster quarter-final defeat to Armagh proved difficult to come back from.

“We would have always targeted the Ulster championship and we always performed well in it in my time and it’s something that we prided ourselves on,” added Graham.

“We threw so much at the league but come the Armagh game, we felt we were in a good place, but we were very flat after that.

“We were frustrated with it. And then we have a couple of lacklustre results, done enough to get over the line (against Laois and London), I though against Offaly then we started to see a wee bit more of a performance.

“We were dealt a blow with losing Paddy (Lynch), we’d hoped to hold one or two lads back to make an impact and unfortunately our hands were forced but it’s just disappointing.”

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