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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Strong O'Dowd team set to take Meath reins

O'Dowd's is the name being put forward by the county's management committee, who met last night, to replace Seamus McEnaney.
O'Dowd's is the name being put forward by the county's management committee, who met last night, to replace Seamus McEnaney.
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mick O'Dowd will be formally proposed as the new Meath football manager later today.

O'Dowd's is the name being put forward by the county's management committee, who met last night, to replace Seamus McEnaney.

The 36-year-old, who was player manager of Skryne when they won the Meath title in 2004, heads a strong team that includes his club colleague and good friend Trevor Giles.

O'Dowd and Giles played together on the UCD team that won a Sigerson Cup in 1996.

His appointment may come as a surprise given his relative lack of experience, but he has put together a strong back-room team.

Sean Kelly is also on board as a selector and coach once again, while Colm Brady, who has been team trainer for one-year terms under Sean Boylan (2003) and Eamonn O'Brien (2009) is also involved.

There will be disappointment for the former Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland winning club manager Paddy Carr and Meath's last All-Ireland winning captain Graham Geraghty, who had John Evans on his team.

Carr had called upon former Meath stars Evan Kelly and Darren Fay, All-Ireland medal winners in 1996 and 1999, to be part of his back-room team.

Elsewhere, Conor Counihan has been offered a further two years in charge of the Cork footballers. A county board meeting last night was informed of the offer, which Counihan is likely to accept.

John Cleary, the former U-21 manager, is tipped to come on board as an assistant to Counihan.

Kieran McGeeney has added former Kildare player Damien Hendy to his back-room team, while former Laois and Offaly manager Tom Cribbin will join him as an U-21 selector.

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