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8 April 2012; Meath manager Seamus McEnaney. Allianz Football League Division 2, Round 7, Meath v Louth, Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

8 April 2012; Meath manager Seamus McEnaney. Allianz Football League Division 2, Round 7, Meath v Louth, Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

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8 April 2012; Meath manager Seamus McEnaney. Allianz Football League Division 2, Round 7, Meath v Louth, Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Meath chairman Barney Allen and manager Seamus McEnaney sought to put their differences behind them when they spoke by telephone yesterday in the wake of the failed confidence vote on Wednesday.

McEnaney refused to comment on the 43-31 vote which ensured his survival as manager of Meath for another 10 weeks at least, or the implications it has for him.

The Monaghan man is expected to address his squad sometime next week with mixed signals about the level of support he had in the dressing-room prior to Wednesday night's dramatic events. McEnaney will attempt to circle the wagons and address any issues which may have arisen at a players meeting on Monday.

Sean Boylan, who had made it known he would be available as manager if a vacancy did arise, has also been keeping his counsel.

Boylan did not attend the launch in Croke Park yesterday of the 'Race The Ras', a charity cycle in aid of Aware and the National Breast Cancer Research INST, despite being scheduled to do so.

Boylan's name on the original motion circulated to clubs brought him directly into the crossfire of what has been a bitter battle.

Allen is likely to see out the end of his five-year term which expires in December, despite his Management Committee losing two key votes on the inter-county manager in the last 28 months.

Previously, a Management proposal to give Eamonn O'Brien another year in charge in September 2010 was beaten, paving the way for McEnaney to become the first ever 'outside' manager.

As many as five members of the committee may have voted against their own motion on Wednesday. Ex-player Bernard Flynn has led the calls for change at the top in Meath and, after the embarrassment of recent days, those calls will grow louder.