Saturday 23 March 2019

McEntee tipped to stay with Royals

Meath senior football manager Andy McEntee. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Meath senior football manager Andy McEntee. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Andy McEntee has dropped the broadest hint yet that he will remain at the helm of the Meath senior football team for a third season.

In the immediate aftermath of their agonising defeat to Tyrone in the qualifiers in Navan's Páirc Tailteann, McEntee insisted he would have to consider his future as the Royals' manager.

However, speaking to LMFM, he hinted he was ready to return, though he insists his management team will be left to make their own decisions.

"I'm certainly thinking about it," he replied when asked if he would remain at the helm.

"We still have to sort a few things out and need to know from a players' perspective what exactly their plans are. So I'm not speaking on anyone's behalf, they are all big boys."

He admitted that he considered walking away in the days and weeks after the defeat to the Red Hand, in a game that saw Meath denied a free late in extra-time.

"I'd say there was points every hour for the next two or three weeks where you have to look at yourself and ask are we doing things right," he said.

"And that's something the management teams I have around me are particularly good at. The first thing we'd like to do is look at ourselves and ask what are we doing right and what are we doing wrong."

McEntee confronted referee Paddy Neilan after the game and he accepted that he overstepped the mark.

"These things happen and I think if it were to happen again I'd like to think I'd do it differently. It wasn't one of my finer moments but it can't be undone at this stage," he said.

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