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Friday 19 January 2018

McEnaney future rests on players' backing

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MEATH manager Seamus McEnaney will hold individual meetings with every member of his squad and backroom team this week before making a decision on whether to stay at the helm.

Despite the fact that McEnaney was handed a three-year term with a review after two, confusion reigns as to the future of the Monaghan man after an eventful county board meeting on Monday night.

McEnaney had been expected to return for another campaign but it was suggested on Monday that he would be present at September's meeting to outline his plans for 2012. However, McEnaney was unaware of any such plans when contacted yesterday.

The meeting also determined that the management team should include two 'local' selectors, as was the case when McEnaney was appointed last year. Former Skryne footballer Tom Keague filled one of the vacancies left by Barry Callaghan and Liam Harnan when they stepped down last May, though the other position remained unfilled when Meath crashed out of the championship.

It was the first discussion to take place at board level since the departure of both men in late May when Graham Geraghty was recalled to the Meath squad.

Delegates from Callaghan's Dunderry club and Harnan's outfit Moynalvey also stated that the former selectors were prepared to issue statements to the board as to the reasons behind their departures.

At the request of former manager Eamonn Barry, treasurer Pat Clerkin also confirmed that the county board spent €71,000 on the senior team in 2011, "well within budget".

McEnaney recently agreed to assist Louth side Cooley Kickhams. He insists that he has yet to make a decision on his future with Meath, but that will become clearer when he meets with the players and backroom team, including Martin McElkennon and Paul Grimley.

"No decision has been made yet," he said. "We'll have to see, we want to make sure we have everything right. I'll meet with the players and backroom team individually over the next few days and will make a decision largely on the back of that."

Captain Seamus Kenny has already stated that McEnaney has the backing of the players.

Meath narrowly avoided relegation to Division 3, but they gradually improved before their interest in the championship was ended by Kieran McGeeney's Kildare in Navan.

Irish Independent

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