Player unrest left McGrath with no option but to stand down

July 16, 2017

Pete McGrath as Fermanagh manager.
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Pete McGrath has broken his silence on the reasons behind his departure as Fermanagh senior football manager.

The two-time All-Ireland winning Down manager stepped down on Friday just a week after committing to a fifth year in charge of the Ernesiders.

He explained to RTE Sport's Marty Morrissey that player unrest left him with no option but to do a u-turn. 

"It was obvious that there were things [the players] weren't happy about and there was a strong possibility that if the current manager or management team was put back in place that a number of senior players would not commit to Fermanagh for 2018.

"That really started the whole process of uncertainty. Management met again in the aftermath of that. Our management team had a long discussion about was it wise for us to go ahead, should we go ahead.

"We felt we should, that whatever issues players had could be dealt with. 

"There are always issues when you get 35 or 38 adults working together there's always going to be issues or differences of opinion. But it just got to a stage where players were saying, 'no', they wanted a change. It led me to a position where I felt it made no sense for me to stay as manager. I took the decision to stand down."

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