Sunday 19 November 2017

'Outsider' McEnaney poised to take over Royals post

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney is hotly tipped to get the Meath football manager's job tomorrow night in what would be an unprecedented move outside the county by the Royals.

McEnaney -- whose proposed back-room team includes All-Ireland-winning Meath centre-back Liam Harnan -- impressed the three-man selection committee in a second interview last Friday and they are believed to have recommended him to last night's meeting of the Meath management committee.

The Monaghan native managed his own county for the last six years, but he walked away this autumn when their county board sought nominations for the job.


McEnaney's proposed management team includes two of his Monaghan back-room team -- ex-Armagh assistant Paul Grimley and former Cavan boss Martin McElkennon -- but the inclusion of Harnan is believed to have been crucial to clinching the recommendation for the Meath job, which will be decided at tomorrow night's county board meeting.

Harnan managed the Meath U-16s this year and received a nomination for the senior job himself after leading Skyrne to the county senior title.

He revealed last week that he decided to join McEnaney's bid because, "I didn't feel that I had the time to put together the type of package that Meath football needs at the moment".

He added: "Teaming up with Seamus is the easier option for me and he will bring a team that I would very much like to be involved with."

Much has been made of the fact that Meath have never before gone outside the county for their manager and McEnaney's toughest competition comes from local man Gerry Cooney, whose proposed back-room team includes ex-players Darren Fay and Finian Murtagh.

Irish Independent

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