Thursday 22 March 2018

Meath clubs hoping to reinstate O'Brien

A number of clubs in Meath are preparing to nominate Eamonn O'Brien for the county's football managerial vacancy ahead of Friday's deadline, writes COLM KEYS.

O'Brien was removed from the job when a vote of no confidence went against him two weeks ago, but it is understood that several clubs have decided to nominate him anyway.

A similar situation developed in Monaghan, where Seamus McEnaney was proposed by up to eight clubs despite a decision made by County Board delegates last month to look for a new manager.

It is unclear if O'Brien, who lost the confidence vote by three votes, will agree to let his name go forward.

His former trainer, Sean Kelly, who stepped down after the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Kildare, has rejected overtures to stand for the job.

Mayo will put the finishing touches to the selection committee charged with appointing a new manager tonight, and candidates will be interviewed on a formal basis later in the week, with a view to making an appointment within the next 10 days.

John Maughan has been the favourite for some time, but Tommy Lyons is also now considered a strong candidate.

James Horan is the only other candidate thought to be in with a chance, though Denis Kearney and Anthony McGarry also remain in contention.

Limerick hurling will also have a new manager in the coming days with an 'inside' appointment thought to be most likely.

The three-man committee -- Damien Quigley, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Jim Woulfe -- have told the County Board that they are close to making their choice. Pat Heffernan and Pat Herbert are among the leading candidates.

Galway hurling manager John McIntyre will be given a two-year extension to his tenure tonight.

Irish Independent

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