Friday 23 February 2018

Meath clubs vote on McEnaney bid

Seamus McEnaney's appointment as manager of the Meath football team will be in the hands of club delegates tomorrow night as a nine-week process nears completion, writes Colm Keys.

McEnaney's name goes before a meeting of Meath County Board in Navan, having secured approval from the management committee last week.

It had been anticipated that a county board meeting to approve a new manager would take place last week, but because further clarification was sought from McEnaney by Meath officers it was put back by seven days.

It has emerged that the decision of the three-man committee, which recommended McEnaney to the management committee meeting, was unanimous and not just a majority approval, as had been suggested widely last week.

Joe Cassells, Meath's former All-Ireland-winning captain and one member of the committee, confirmed yesterday that all three had been united in their decision. Cassells was joined on that three-man committee by Meath County Board chairman Barney Allen and Liam Keane, the former Disputes Resolution Authority secretary.

"There is perception there that this was a majority vote but our decision was in fact unanimous," said Cassells.

Some clubs will mandate their delegates on how to vote. Others will leave it up to the delegates themselves.

A former manager, Eamonn Barry, claimed on Sunday that a majority of clubs would go against the recommendation. For the Meath management committee, that would be an appalling vista as it would be the second time in the space of weeks that a decision they have backed in good faith on the senior management was turned down.

The current squad are known to be be keen on seeing the McEnaney team pushed through.

Former player Colm O'Rourke suggested in his Sunday Independent column at the weekend that there could be "revolt" among players if the recommendation is not carried.

Irish Independent

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