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Val on verge of shock return to Breffni beat

VAL Andrews is set for a shock return to inter-county management with Cavan. Andrews, who managed the Dublin minor footballers this summer, spent three years at the helm in the Breffni County between 1998 and 2001 before going on to manage Louth and, more recently, the Dublin junior and minor teams.

The Ballymun native guided Cavan to an Ulster final in 2001, when they lost to Tyrone by two points, and was ratified for another year in charge. But, after a motion of no confidence was tabled against him by a minority of club delegates within the county, he decided to walk away from the post.

Terry Hyland -- who oversaw the Cavan junior team this year -- will join Andrews in a joint-manager arrangement.

A statement issued by the Cavan county board last night read: "At the August management meeting of Cavan County Board which took place tonight, a unanimous decision was taken to recommend the names of Val Andrews and Terry Hyland as joint managers for our senior County team.

"Cavan County Board are convening a county committee meeting for Thursday 26th August at 9pm in the Hotel Kilmore in order to seek formal ratification by our clubs for this pairing."

Andrews's Dublin minor team were beaten by Kildare this year following an epic four-game saga between the two counties and with Dessie Farrell expected to become minor manager for next year, Andrews is at somewhat of a managerial loose end.

He also ran for chairman of the Dublin county board in 2008 but was beaten by a vote of 171 to 99 by incumbent, Gerry Harrington.

The current chairman has served five years in office this season so will not be permitted to stand again though Andrews' expected move to Cavan seems to have ruled out any chance that he will step into the role.