After lengthy and careful consideration I have today informed the Fermanagh County Committee Chairman that I will not be putting my name forward for the post of Senior Manager for the 2014 year.
At the outset I wish to thank the former Chairman (Peter Carty) and the current Chairman (Patsy Dolan) for placing their faith in me and my management team to lead the County Senior Team for the past 2 years. I also wish to thank all those people who have supported the CountyCommittee, in various ways, to allow me to carry out the task of managing the CountyTeam to the best of my ability. This includes all those genuine supporters who travelled all over Ireland to support the team.
My management team and I have worked extremely hard over the past two years and we believe significant progress has been made. The senior footballers now representing their county are fully committed, unified and ambitious. With a clear vision and a united county committee I have no doubt that the players will respond in a positive manner.
I want to thank my management team for their incredible efforts and sacrifices over the period I was in post and finally my sincere thanks are extended to the special group of players who I have worked with over the past 2 years. They are a credit to their families, clubs and county. The players’ commitment, attitude, willingness to work and improve themselves deserves special mention. Also in dealing with very difficult and sad issues off the field they displayed maturity and outstanding loyalty to their team mate and friend. This group of players deserve the best and I hope moving forward the Fermanagh County Committee will ensure that this happens. I wish everyone who is genuinely concerned with Fermanagh football the very best of luck in the future.