Sunday 20 August 2017

Coyle warns McEnaney over Royal loyalties to players

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER Meath star Colm Coyle has heaped further pressure on beleaguered Royals football boss Seamus McEnaney by claiming that he canvassed some players to support his appointment and now has "a sense of loyalty to some lads that you can't really have."

In an interview with local radio station LMFM before last Sunday's disastrous capitulation to Derry, Coyle said: "He was mad keen to get the job. Maybe part of the problem was that he kind of canvassed a few players to help him to get the position and by doing that he compromised himself a little bit.

"I think he was always going to have a battle once he went in, given the circumstances and what happened with Eamonn (O'Brien).

"When he (McEnaney) got the job, the camp was split down the middle and, if they don't have a good championship, it's going to make for an interesting county board meeting when it comes up.

"A new management team can be kind of disruptive. If Eamonn and the lads had stayed on maybe we could have continued to build on it (last year's Leinster title).

"But, having said that, Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan (McEnaney's selectors) are there. They are two very good lads who know the players in the county inside out."

Coyle, a former manager of both Monaghan and Meath, said it was irrelevant whether the Royals' manager was from inside or outside the county.

He also suggested that the county simply doesn't have the quality needed to compete at the top level, saying: "It's ridiculous the way people demand Leinster and All-Ireland titles. The team just isn't good enough. It comes in cycles and maybe we're just in a bit of a lull at the minute."

Irish Independent

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