Sunday 11 December 2016

Colm O'Rourke: Royals get it right at last but now it's the players' turn

The new management team in Meath will face a baptism of fire, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00

I n another country at another time, the white smoke would indicate 'Habemus Papam' -- we have a Pope. It was a bit like that in Meath this week, the end of a very long saga. And, of course, when there is no certainty, there is speculation, rumours of intrigue, supposed agendas and so on.

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Like most conspiracy theories, they are usually well wide of the mark. A committee which was set up to do a job took its time in doing so but they did their work comprehensively and, as it turned out, without fear or favour as the easiest thing in the world would have been to stay local.

They put their necks on the line, as any nomination of an outside candidate in Meath was always going to be a divisive subject, and now the clubs have backed them overwhelmingly. Some may find it difficult to accept that there were not some dark forces at work, but the reality is that Barney Allen, the county chairman and two of the most honourable and independent-minded men in Meath football, Joe Cassells and Liam Keane, were unanimous in their choice of a management team and that should be good enough for anyone with the best interests of Meath football at heart.

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