Gavigan steps down as manager of Melvin Gaels

County Champions Melvin Gaels have been dealt another blow in the defence of their title with the news that Billy Gavigan has stepped down as manager of the Kinlough club, just a matter of weeks after they lost the services of star forward Emlyn Mulligan.

County Champions Melvin Gaels have been dealt another blow in the defence of their title with the news that Billy Gavigan has stepped down as manager of the Kinlough club, just a matter of weeks after they lost the services of star forward Emlyn Mulligan.

County Champions Melvin Gaels have been dealt another blow in the defence of their title with the news that Billy Gavigan has stepped down as manager of the Kinlough club, just a matter of weeks after they lost the services of star forward Emlyn Mulligan.

Gavigan has transformed the fortunes of the Kinlough men during his two years in charge of the Gaels, leading them consecutive victories in the Intermediate and Senior Championship.

In a statement released by the Melvin Gaels, Billy said “I have had two fantastic years in charge of Melvin Gaels and I regret that I have to step down for personal reasons. I have really enjoyed my time as Senior Team Manager and I am very proud of the success that we achieved. I will continue to help out the underage structure as I did in the past and I can say that the future is bright for the club.

“Last but not least I would like to thank the players who are absolutely fantastic. The boys bought into my approach and put all the hard work in that was required to win the Intermediate & Senior Championship. They are a credit to the football club, the community and to their family and friends.

“I am so glad that I got to work with such a great bunch of lads and I will really enjoy my remaining training sessions with the lads until a new manager comes in. I wish Melvin Gaels every success in the future.”

Melvin Gaels Club Chairman Dessie Sheridan said “Billy has done an outstanding job for Melvin Gaels and achieved above and beyond our expectations in two short years. I regret that Billy has called time on his term but I am delighted that Billy will remain with the team for the opening of the league to allow time for a new manager to be appointed along with a smooth transition.”

Team Captain David McSharry thanked Billy on behalf of the players – “We were in disarray after our relegation in 2010 but Billy lifted us up and I can safely say that we would not have achieved what we have done without his management.”

For more on this story, see this week’s Leitrim Observer, in the shops on Wednesday.