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Royal men unite to back Banty in private

MEATH players will relay a list of grievances to their county board over the handling of Seamus McEnaney's expected sacking and voice their support for his continued tenure ahead of tomorrow night's county board meeting.

However, they will not be releasing a public statement on the issue.

The Royals met last night in support of the embattled McEnaney, who is widely expected to be ousted as Meath supremo after just 18 months in the job, after seeing his side slump to relegation to Division 3 of the Allianz Football League with a disastrous final day defeat by Louth in Navan nine days ago.

The Meath County Board executive have already recommended his dismissal from the role after he refused an invitation to resign on his own terms, and that he be replaced by legendary Royal Seán Boylan on a temporary basis -- an offer the four-time All-Ireland winner has already accepted in principle.

The Monaghan native's fate already looks to be sealed, although his final hope of persuading enough delegates to vote against the county board's proposal may be strengthened by the players' show of unity.

Cavan, meanwhile, have confirmed that Terry Hyland is to succeed Val Andrews as their senior football manager.

Hyland -- who served as co-manager with Andrews last year and as a selector until his departure last week -- has managed the Breffni County's U21 team to back-to-back Ulster titles in the past two years.

One of his U21 selectors, Anthony Forde, has been appointed as trainer/ selector and the new managerial team have been given a five-year term which encorporates the remainder of 2012 and concludes at the end of 2016.


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