Monday 19 February 2018

Clubs oust Meath manager despite Leinster title glory

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eamonn O'Brien has been sensationally ousted as Meath football manager.

A management committee recommendation that his term be extended for an extra year was beaten 32-29 in a secret ballot.

O'Brien had guided Meath to their first Leinster football title in nine years, albeit with a controversial late goal by Joe Sheridan.

It was thought that success in Leinster would earn him at least another year but in a dramatic move the clubs in Meath narrowly squeezed him out.

O'Brien had lost the services of his trainer Sean Kelly, who had served just one year in charge. This followed the departure of Colm Brady from a similar role at the end of O'Brien's first year.

Having guided the county to a Leinster title it was widely expected that O'Brien would be returned.

The management recommendation was opposed first by the St Patrick's club from Stamullen, whose delegate had been vocal in his opposition at the last board meeting.

The Board are now seeking nominations for the position with no obvious candidate ready to step in.

O'Brien had former international rules captain and three time All Star Robbie O'Malley and 1996 and '99 All-Ireland medal winner Donal Curtis as his selectors.

Irish Independent

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