Saturday 20 January 2018

Kelly vents 'outsider' fury

"The appointment of an outside manager is an admission that the coaching structures in Meath are not good enough. This is not supported by the facts.

"Firstly, Meath have four master tutors within the GAA's coaching structures that are recognised by Coaching Ireland.

"Secondly, the senior champions for this year in Louth and Cavan were coached by Meath men, as were both Dublin finalists. Paddy Carr (Kilmacud Crokes) and Gerry McEntee (St Brigid's) were both nominated for the job, but declined to be interviewed; Dudley Farrell (Kingscourt Stars) is Meath's games manager and is a precluded under GAA protocols from taking up such a position; Christopher Henry managed Mattock Rangers.

"Thirdly, Eamonn O'Brien's championship record is superior to the present incumbent. The hand that steers the ship should, in my view, know the territorial waters."

Kelly hopes that cost of the management package approved at last week's county board meeting doesn't impact on other levels of football in the county. "Will underage football in Meath suffer?" he asked. "Why was this new-found war chest not invested in underage football before now?"

Kelly was nominated for the position, but did not make himself available for interview because of his desire to return to college.

Irish Independent

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