Anthony Cunningham was not a man ready to step away from intercounty management, after his controversial departure from the Galway senior hurling set-up. Having reached All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2015 with the Tribesmen, Cunningham was ousted by the squad after they felt it was time for change.
He spent this summer working under Mick Lillis with the Laois footballers. The O’Moore County beat Wicklow in Leinster before coming up against the all-conquering Dubs in Nowlan Park. A respectable loss to the reigning All-Ireland champions saw them into the qualifiers, where they eventually lost to Clare.
Cunningham has an impressive track record in football management, leading St Brigid’s of Roscommon and Garrycastle of Westmeath to Connacht and Leinster titles respectively.
The Galway native is well respected, and his CV is littered with success, including two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship triumphs as a player.
Cavan would certainly be an exciting prospect for any manager. Promoted to Division 1 of the League, they ran Tyrone close in Ulster, before eventually losing out to Derry in the qualifiers.