Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 20 January 2018

McEnaney gets Royal lift

Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Seamus McEnaney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The prospect of Meath appointing an 'outside' manager for the first time moved closer over the weekend when it emerged that Seamus McEnaney would be joined in a potential back-room team by Liam Harnan, centre-back on the '88 All-Ireland-winning side.

Harnan has been one of the favourites for the position since guiding Skryne to Meath SFC success last month. However, he has been non-committal about his candidacy for the position since Skryne's victory.

But over the weekend he is understood to have linked up with the former Monaghan manager and the pair presented themselves before the three-man interview committee.

The union of McEnaney and Harnan provides a significant twist in the process as McEnaney would not have had much prospects of succeeding if Harnan had remained in the race as a candidate on his own.

McEnaney's back-room team would most likely be completed by Paul Grimley -- his coach for the last year in Monaghan who has previously worked in Kildare, Cavan and Armagh -- and Martin McElkennon, one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches around.

Meath have never appointed an outside manager before but having Harnan on his team will make McEnaney a much more plausible candidate for the Meath County Board.

McEnaney has kept his cards close to his chest since receiving a nomination for the position, which has been vacant since the outgoing manager Eamonn O'Brien lost a vote of confidence in early September.

Irish Independent

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