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Banty gets an unlikely ally in Meath managerial crisis

FORMER Meath football manager Eamonn Barry has waged into the latest managerial crisis to rock the Royals, claiming the county has "lost its decency" in its treatment of Seamus McEnaney.

But he is convinced that ‘Banty’ will survive tonight’s county board vote and, in the process, turn up the heat on Meath chairman Barney Allen.

“Since the Leinster final debacle in 2010, things have gone from bad to worse and now they are totally out of control,” claimed Barry, who has been embroiled in several major bust-ups with the Meath GAA hierarchy both during and since his one-year term as manager in 2006.

“This is a sad day for Meath football, but unfortunately it is one that has been coming for three years,” he added.

“Getting rid of Eamonn O'Brien, that was a mistake, but removing Banty and his management team would be a total injustice to the man. I hope the clubs will make the right decision and I believe the majority of people in the clubs will feel the same way.”

McEnaney requires just over one-third of the votes to fend off the Meath executive’s motion to remove him and replace him with Seán Boylan, and Barry said he is “very confident” the Monaghan native will survive.


“There has been a significant change in the mood here over the last few days, and a lot of clubs are now convinced that this is a politically motivated move,” claimed Barry.

“Seamus is going to get the support to stay as manager.”

Barry is an unlikely ally for |McEnaney, having originally opposed his appointment in late 2010 on the grounds that he didn’t believe Meath needed an “outside man”.

“It now appears that we have even lost our decency by the manner in which we have treated Seamus McEnaney,” the Walterstown clubman said.

“I have been hugely impressed with most of the work he has done with the squad. And I have the utmost respect for the way he has conducted himself with all that has gone on in recent weeks.”