Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Boylan's strategic new role in Meath

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LEGENDARY Meath manager Sean Boylan, who guided them to four All-Ireland titles in his 23 years in charge, is returning to the heart of Royal football by becoming the county's first 'Director of Football'.

His new part-time role will be primarily concerned with development and coaching in the county, particularly at underage level.

County secretary Cyril Creavin said the Dunboyne man is unlikely to involved directly with the Royals' senior team.

But Meath's former manager will have an input into the appointment of the county's underage managers, as well as responsibility for developing an overall coaching policy and ensuring there are proper structures in place at underage and schools' level.

"He will be involved in tapping into the talent available in Meath, both old and new, and will be the overseer of underage football in the county," Creavin said. "I wouldn't imagine he'll get involved with the senior team."

There is already huge anticipation of next Monday night's County Board meeting where a decision is expected to be taken on Seamus McEnaney's future as senior manager.

The Monaghan native is hoping to secure another term and is expected to unveil Graham Geraghty as Paul Grimley's replacement in his back-room team, but McEnaney may meet some opposition.

Whatever else transpires, Meath delegates will definitely be asked to ratify Boylan for a new strategic role at the same meeting.

Today's big game is the Bord Gais All-Ireland U-21 hurling final in Thurles, a rematch of the same counties that contested last weekend's minor final where Galway beat Dublin.

Galway's U-21s are unchanged from their semi-final against Limerick, but Dublin have made one change in personnel from the Antrim game, bringing in St Vincent's Thomas Connolly at half-forward at the expense of Sean McGrath.

GALWAY (U-21H v Dublin) -- J Ryan; D Connolly, N Donoghue, G O'Halloran; J Grealish, P Gordon, R Foy; J Coen, D Burke; B Daly (capt), N Burke, T Haran; J Regan, C Cooney, D Glennon.

DUBLIN (U-21) -- G McManus; B O'Carroll, D Kelly, J Doughan; D Curran, L Rushe, M Quilty; C Gough, D Sutcliffe; D Plunkett, M Schutte, T Connolly; K O'Loughlin, N McMorrow, E Dillon.

Irish Independent

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