Monday 29 May 2017

Meath selector's exit puts cloud over Mick O'Dowd future

At present opinion is divided on whether O’Dowd should be handed another term following a bitterly disappointing Leinster campaign
At present opinion is divided on whether O’Dowd should be handed another term following a bitterly disappointing Leinster campaign

Orla Bannon

Mick O'Dowd's chances of securing another term as Meath senior manager have received a setback with the news that one of his selectors for the past three seasons will not be part of any new management team.

Sean Kelly informed O'Dowd at the weekend that he will not be involved in the event of the Skryne man receiving a mandate to continue as Royals boss.

Kelly who is also a highly regarded coach and Leinster tutor became part O'Dowd's management team along with Trevor Giles following his appointment in succession to Seamus McEnaney.

The Drogheda-based secondary school teacher was also a selector in 2010 under Eamonn O'Brien when the county captured the provincial crown in controversial fashion after Joe Sheridan's late 'goal' against Louth.

He later managed Mattock Rangers in Louth and Donaghmore/Ashbourne in Meath before returning to the inter-county scene.

The Dunderry native has also ruled out the possibility of been a candidate to be the next Meath manager.

O'Dowd's saw his three-year term end following the All-Ireland qualifier round 2 defeat to Tyrone in Omagh.

Immediately after that loss he indicated that he was keen to continue but stressed that his fate was in the hands of the clubs of the county.

At present opinion is divided on whether O'Dowd should be handed another term following a bitterly disappointing Leinster campaign when the Royals lost to Westmeath after squandering a 10-point lead.

The managerial issue is to be discussed at the next Meath County Board meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 10.

Elsewhere, Derry have confirmed the resignation of Brian McIver after three years in charge. McIver quit after Saturday's defeat to Galway.

"We are confident that with patience, hard work and the cooperation of all stakeholders, Derry football can continue to progress and to build on the rich legacy of Brian McIver," said a county board statement.

Irish Independent

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