Sean Boylan's decision not to let his name go forward for the job for a 24th successive year cleared the way for Barry, who had previously run against Boylan for the position. Barry had a stormy relationship with the executive and at one point signed up to a 10-point charter governing his management of the team. On the field, defeat to Wexford in Leinster and Laois in the qualifiers ensured his reign was a short one.
2006, 2007, 2008
Coyle cut his teeth as a selector under Boylan and as a manager with Monaghan, whom he led to a shock Ulster championship win over then All-Ireland champions Armagh in 2003. Coyle guided the Royals to an All-Ireland semi-final where they lost out to Cork and resigned after Limerick beat Meath in the 2008 qualifiers.
Another man who served as a selector under Boylan, O'Brien was appointed after an aborted attempt to install Luke Dempsey as the county's first 'outside' manager. Meath returned to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland in 2009, but lost to eventual champions Kerry. They were crowned Leinster champions the following year after they beat Louth in the most controversial of circumstances, but the fallout from this game led to the end of O'Brien's reign as he got caught in the crossfire between the executive and the clubs, who refused to ratify him for the following season.
McEnaney's appointment was divisive, but he secured the job on a three-year term with a review after two thanks to a 53-19 vote in his favour. Meath narrowly avoided relegation last year and Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan had vacated their selector positions before the Royals had their interest in Leinster and the All-Ireland series ended by Kildare. There was no escape from relegation in the league this year, though, but McEnaney has managed to see off a vote of no confidence as he prepares to lead his charges into the championship.