Sunday 19 November 2017

Blow for Royals as trainer Kelly quits

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Meath football manager Eamonn O'Brien will be in the market for a new trainer if he decides to remain on for a third year, it has emerged.

Sean Kelly, who has had just one year's involvement, has informed the manager that he does not wish to be considered for the back-room team in 2011.

Kelly took over the training of the team and many elements of the coaching from Colm Brady, who had himself only lasted just one season.

In addition, Kelly was also brought in as a selector, joining O'Brien, Robbie O'Malley and Donal Curtis.

A former player with Dunderry and manager of the 2008 Navan O'Mahony's county championship-winning team, Kelly made a good impression with the Meath players and his departure is seen as a setback.

It is understood that he stepped aside to concentrate on furthering his studies.

The search for a new trainer/coach for a third successive year could influence O'Brien's decision to stay or go, as he has not yet confirmed to the Meath board if he is interested in continuing.

Some critical comments were directed at the management at last week's county board meeting after the defeat to Kildare but if O'Brien does seek another term in charge, it is highly unlikely that he would be opposed after landing the Leinster title for the first time in nine years.

Irish Independent

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