From crisis to crisis
The post Sean Boylan years
Published 24/05/2011 | 05:00
Eamonn Barry faces a motion of no confidence tabled by the Meath executive when he tries to appoint back-room staff that don't have executive approval. Barry eventually relents and the vote is avoided when he signs up to a charter governing a number of aspects of his management. Within a year he is replaced by Colm Coyle (right).
Coyle steps down after a nine-point qualifier defeat to Limerick in July. Three months later an attempt to appoint Luke Dempsey as the county's first 'outside' manager is aborted over an issue involving the make-up of the interview committee. His nomination doesn't get executive approval, Dempsey withdraws and a new interview committee recommends Eamonn O'Brien as Coyle's successor.
The county is engulfed in a crisis, not of its own making, over the controversial goal that defeated Louth in the Leinster final. There is no direct request for a replay but the overtures are clear that this is what the GAA at central and provincial level would desire. Meath consider their position for two days and decide that the result should stand.
Controversy over the appointment of a first 'outside' manager, Seamus McEnaney, with scathing remarks from former manager Barry and a withering assessment from 2010 team trainer Sean Kelly in the aftermath of the decision. Approval at executive level is not universal either.
Two Meath selectors, Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan, stand down over the recall of Graham Geraghty to the squad after a three-year absence. They are unhappy over the decision but also the consultative process used to arrive at the decision.