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Clubs expected to raise questions over Banty

MEATH secretary Cyril Creavin has ruled out any internal heave against Seamus McEnaney following relegation to Division 3 and a disastrous defeat by Louth last Sunday. However, the message from county board chairman Barney Allen was much less reassuring for the embattled Banty.

The Royals sunk to the third tier of the Allianz League after an embarrassing nine-point trouncing by near neighbours Louth in Navan last Sunday, their fifth defeat on the spin and McEnaney's 12th in 16 league matches as Meath manager.

"Things haven't panned out the way we would have expected," Allen was quoted as saying this morning.

"We're disappointed that the team has been going so bad ... when you're relegated, there will always be talk and pressure. It's not something the county wants.

"Clubs are fully entitled to bring up issues and I fully expect them to."

However, asked if he anticipated Banty would still be Meath manager for their Leinster opener with Wicklow in Dr Cullen Park on May 27, Creavin replied: "Yes, absolutely. There's no talk along those lines. We won't be going down any road like that. At least there is time to turn it around before the Championship."

Meanwhile, Offaly manager Gerry Cooney insists he will stay on with the Faithful County despite their plunge to Division 4 at the weekend.

Several frontliners have opted off the panel in recent weeks amid criticism of the managerial setup from former players but Cooney insisted: "I made a commitment at the start of the year. There has been a lot of problems during the year. We set the bar maybe a bit too high.

"It takes time to gel a team but if you're asking me have I any announcement to make, the answer is 'no'.