Tuesday 12 December 2017

Meath clubs will reject McEnaney, says Barry

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

FORMER Meath manager Eamonn Barry has come out strongly against the expected appointment of Seamus McEnaney to the Royals hot seat.

The man who replaced Sean Boylan in 2006 believes the county contains enough good managers to take the job, and although he put his own name forward for the selection process, he is backing former Dunboyne supremo Gerry Cooney for the job.

And although McEnaney is the overwhelming favourite for the position, Barry questioned the Monaghan man's credentials for the job. And he feels departed manager Eamonn O'Brien's dismissal was unfair.

"I'm very disappointed with the way things are going with this whole scenario," he said yesterday. "I think Eamonn O'Brien was treated very badly and didn't deserve that. Eamonn's record in the last two years was top class, it was the best record of any Meath manager since Sean Boylan.

"Seamus' CV is no great shakes as regards success. He was there with Monaghan for six years and didn't achieve very much."

McEnaney is expected to be endorsed by the three-man county board committee before the clubs vote on whether to accept the recommendation, but Barry is convinced he won't be appointed.

"I don't believe Seamus McEnaney will be endorsed by the clubs," Barry said. "There is huge resentment out there to the way this campaign is being orchestrated on behalf of Seamus McEnaney and I believe the majority of the clubs, at least 75pc of the clubs, will vote no to Seamus McEnaney.

"The other option is that Gerry Cooney should be the recommendation from the executive and see if the clubs endorse that."

Meanwhile, Down have received a boost with the news that Martin Clarke has committed to another year with the county team.

Despite the All Star forward being linked with a return to the AFL with Collingwood, manager James McCartan has confirmed that Clarke will remain for one more year at least, saying: "He has consistently told me that he will be here next year. He is definitely committed."

Irish Independent

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