Friday 20 April 2018

McEnaney coy on link with possible royal appointment

Seamus McEnaney, who has just ended a six-year term as Monaghan football boss, has been linked with the vacancy in Meath, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Ahead of the nomination deadline yesterday for the Meath job the Corduff man did not rule himself out.

Asked about rumours linking him with the Meath vacancy he replied: "I am interested in a return to inter-county management at some stage. Whether it is this year or next year, that is something I have yet to decide."

Despite leading the Royals to their first Leinster title in nine years this season, Eamonn O'Brien was surprisingly ousted.

The local management committee recommended that his term be extended for another year, but club delegates rejected him on a 32-29 secret ballot.

Meath have never recruited an 'outside' manager and O'Brien is still expected to be among this year's nominations as there has been some disquiet locally at the way he was treated.

Sean Kelly, who was part of O'Brien's back-room team this season, has already been linked with the job.

Damien Sheridan, father of county star Joe, is also a contender. The list of nominees is also expected to include Paddy Carr, who has managed the Meath minors and Louth seniors.

The next scheduled meeting of the Meath County Board is not until Monday week and clubs will not formally be informed of the list of nominees until then.

Meanwhile, Derry football manager John Brennan will have to wait until the middle of next month to learn if he can call on the services of ace forward Paddy Bradley for next year's campaign.

In June, Bradley stunned Derry fans when he revealed that he was quitting inter-county football in the wake of being dropped for the first round qualifier with Carlow at Dr Cullen Park. The 2007 All Star then missed the subsequent qualifiers against Westmeath and Kildare.

Following the departure of Damien Cassidy as Derry boss, the Glenullin man appeared to be considering a change of heart when he said last month he would make a decision regarding inter-county football after his club had finished their domestic championship campaign.

Glenullin made their exit at the quarter-final stage against Ballinderry on August 28, but Bradley said yesterday morning that he has been pre-occupied since then with making arrangements for his wedding, which was due to take place just 55 minutes later.

"I've been very busy with getting things organised for my wedding, so I haven't had time to sit down and think seriously about football," Bradley said.

Irish Independent

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