O'Dowd primed for Royals job
MICK O'DOWD looks set to replace Seamus McEnaney as Meath football manager after support for the Skryne man hardened over the weekend.
O'Dowd was one of four men down for interview by the appointments committee and he has emerged as favourite. O'Dowd has pulled together an impressive back-room team of Trevor Giles, Colm Brady and Sean Kelly.
Colm O'Rourke also attended an interview but O'Dowd is set to get the nod from the committee with the new manager expected to be ratified at the next county board meeting which could take place as early as next Monday. Graham Geraghty and Paddy Carr were also in the running.
Meanwhile, Jim Gavin is expected to be ratified as Dublin senior football manager at a county board meeting tonight, while Dessie Farrell is being tipped to replace him as U-21 manager.
Gavin, who won two All-Irelands in five years as Dublin U-21 manager, is yet to finalise his back-room team, but he is expected to get the nod tonight, while Anthony Daly will be confirmed as hurling manager for a fifth year.