Saturday 16 December 2017

McEnaney in running for Royal appointment

McEnaney: on shortlist
McEnaney: on shortlist
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Seamus McEnaney is a confirmed nomination for the vacant Meath football manager position.

The outgoing Monaghan manager is understood to be one of a number of nominations that reached Meath County Board by Friday evening's deadline.

McEnaney remained noncommittal about speculation linking him with a nomination last week and is unlikely to do so until it is established whether or not Meath will decide to move outside the county for the first time for a new manager.

Two years ago a selection committee put forward Luke Dempsey's name for ratification after interviewing him but he was rejected by the board's management committee because of a lack of desire to go outside. The attitude to going outside the county may have softened somewhat but perhaps not enough to make such a seismic leap.

McEnaney's name is still in the frame in Monaghan but he is unlikely to commit himself to an interview after clubs in the county voted in August to open up the process again.

Meath's outgoing manager Eamonn O'Brien has received a number of nominations from clubs who supported him on the night he lost a confidence motion by three votes.

O'Brien has so far declined to indicate whether he will make himself available.

But the odds must be against him putting himself at the mercy of the same delegates who voted him out at the beginning of the month.

Meath will not be revealing the list of nominees until next week's board meeting at the earliest.

But a process for sifting through the names and interviewing interested candidates is already in motion under a three-man committee -- featuring a former player, an independent member and a board representative, most likely the chairman Barney Allen.

Damien Sheridan, manager of the Seneschalstown team defeated by Skryne in Sunday's thrilling county final, has been nominated, as has Paddy Carr, manager of Kilmacud Crokes in Dublin, who has been resident in Navan for almost 30 years.

Sean Kelly, this year's team trainer, is another nominee but may not be interested after stepping down from O'Brien's management team in August, while former boss Eamonn Barry has expressed an interest.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh sources indicated last night that John O'Neill is to be ratified as their new football manager.

O'Neill is a former selector under Charlie Mulgrew and will be proposed for the position ahead of long-time favourite Darren Chapman.

Irish Independent

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