Sunday 18 March 2018

End of an era as Trevor Giles abdicates Royal role

Meath manager Mick O'Dowd, left, and selector Trevor Giles
Meath manager Mick O'Dowd, left, and selector Trevor Giles
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Trevor Giles will not be part of the Meath backroom team next year, Royal County boss Mick O'Dowd has confirmed.

Former Footballer of the Year Giles joins another selector Seán Kelly in stepping away from the Meath set-up as they look to regroup after a difficult Championship campaign.

O'Dowd has already been given the backing of the county's executive to remain in situ for another two years, with a review after 2016, and his name will go before the clubs for ratification next Monday night.

"At this stage Trevor has given four years to the team," O'Dowd said.

"He has a young family and a physio business to look after and he has given so much already.

"Seán is the same. He has been involved in Meath teams for four or five years now."

O'Dowd confirmed that the remainder of his backroom team have committed to staying on and that new selectors will be announced, subject to his ratification.

Meath narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight for the second successive year but saw their Championship end with defeats to Westmeath in Leinster and Tyrone in the Qualifiers.

"We sat down after the Tyrone game and decided that what this group needs now is consistency," O'Dowd said.

"In three years we have given out 18 Championship debuts with 14 of those in the last two years so we don't want to go back on that work."

County captain Donal Keogan has already publicly backed his manager with another player, Andrew Tormey, also calling on the clubs to retain the manager.

"People have seen us playing football and the 35 minutes against Westmeath in the first half was probably the best 35 minutes any Meath team has played in the last five or six years," he said.

"If we can keep that going for 70 minutes, it would make us a stronghold of football.

"I think we have made unbelievable progress since he has come in. He has given a lot of lads chances that maybe wouldn't have got chances and a lot of us have proved that we are good enough to be playing.

"You wouldn't know what way the clubs will vote. The county board have backed Micko and the players have backed Micko so it will be up to them."

Meath clubs famously ousted Eamonn O'Brien in 2010 after he had lead them to an All-Ireland semi-final appearance and a Leinster title in successive campaigns.

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