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No shock that Royal court has a trapdoor

Are we surprised in the Evening Herald at the sacking of Eamonn O'Brien as Meath manager? No. Not really.

In this column on August 18, I reported that all was not well in the Royal county. I confidently predicted that O'Brien's position would be ratified, but noted that there were vociferous delegates who felt it was time for him to go.

It was simply a question of whether Eamonn, despite having clinched a Leinster title, would walk before he was pushed.

As we saw during the debate that followed Joe Sheridan's controversial goal against Louth, O'Brien isn't the type for turning. When Meath trounced Dublin in this year's Championship, O'Brien was a hero from Dunboyne to Oldcastle and Longwood to Nobber. Today, on the wrong side of a 32-29 vote, he's just another victim of the politics of sport.

So Meath are in the market for a new manager.

There's plenty of homegrown talent to choose from so Mick O'Dwyer won't need to stand by his phone.

No doubt there'll be plenty of speculation in the weeks ahead. Colm O'Rourke knows these players inside out. Indeed, he coached many of them to Hogan Cup glory at St. Patrick's.

But, for my money, the one man who could bring The Royal back to world power status is the man who worked wonders at St. Brigids, with Paddy Clarke (a county championship title in 2003), and did sterling work with the Dublin minors in 2008, helping set up his young panel nicely for a Leinster title the following year.

From his days as corner-back with my old college team St. Finian's, Gerry McEntee remains an inspirational figure who, with respect, would teach even Kieran McGeeney a thing or two about commitment, dedication and the will to win.


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