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Crokes boss Carr exits Royal race

SEAMUS McEnaney's candidacy for the vacant position of Meath football manager continues to harden after the withdrawal yesterday of one of the favourites Paddy Carr.

Carr, twice a candidate before, admitted yesterday that he would be concentrating on Kilmacud Crokes' Leinster club championship campaign and was committing instead to the club where he has won two of the last three Dublin titles.

"I didn't give it much thought until after the weekend (Crokes beat St Brigid's in the Dublin final) but I've decided I won't be going forward for interview and will instead be focusing on Kilmacud Crokes," he said.

Over the weekend McEnaney's interest in the position was declared when he conducted an interview in the company of Liam Harnan, the All-Ireland winning centre-back of the 1980s, who has agreed to work with the former Monaghan manager and his team.

The main rival to McEnaney becoming the first 'outsider' looks like being Gerry Cooney, the former U21 manager who had a spell as Kevin Kilmurray's assistant in Offaly. Ex-minor boss Pat Coyle and Eamonn Barry are also still left in the race.

Irish Independent

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