Saturday 25 November 2017

Geraghty set for selector's role in Meath as McEnaney survives storm

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The two Meath selectors who resigned from Seamus McEnaney's management team prior to this year's championship have accused the Monaghan man of repeatedly ignoring their advice.

McEnaney did not face any vote of no confidence at a stormy Meath County Board meeting last night and his new management team, assistant manager Tom Keague and selector Graham Geraghty, were both approved.

There were calls for this new management package to be sent back to the clubs but officials resisted on the basis a review is not due to take place until next year.

But McEnaney faced criticism over his management from the two disaffected selectors as they broke their silence. Letters from Liam Harnan, the assistant manager until the end of May, and Barry Callaghan were read out.

In his letter, Harnan said the management team was "malfunctioning" and he accused McEnaney of "running with his own personal agenda."

Callaghan also painted a picture of a dysfunctional management but stressed it was not the recall of Geraghty but the background to the decision made to recall the former captain that led to his departure.

"During our league campaign I felt our management team was performing poorly," wrote Callaghan. "During this time, issues surrounding team performances and preparation were being raised at management level. These, in my opinion, were largely ignored."

Callaghan and Harnan said they were both informed by text of the decision to recall Geraghty.

Callaghan was out of the country when he received his message that Geraghty was on the way back.

"He had shown a complete lack of respect towards me as a member of the management team. I didn't expect issues to be dealt with behind my back and in such a way."

Harnan said he expected to be involved in a management team where his "local knowledge" would have been valued.

"To my disappointment this did not turn out to be the case."

Irish Independent

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