McEntee dealt tough hand among the Royalty
Meath's early appointment of Andy McEntee as new football manager in succession to Mick O'Dowd is a smart move.
It means he can watch the rest of the county championship as Meath boss, as opposed to a casual observer. It will be a help to him in scrutinising players with a view to their county possibilities while also giving him lots of time to put the required structures in place for the 2017 season.
McEntee is still managing All-Ireland club champions Ballyboden-St Enda's and will continue in that role, however far they proceed in Dublin and possibly beyond.
The challenge with Meath is immense. Ignoring altogether their poor championship campaigns in recent seasons, an even harsher reality is that they haven't been in Division 1 since 2006. Who'd have thought in the Royals' days of pomp and title that they would go so long outside the top eight?