Tuesday 17 July 2018

O'Dowd given green light to continue as Meath boss

Mick O'Dowd's contract with Meath has been extended for another two years
Mick O'Dowd's contract with Meath has been extended for another two years
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Mick O'Dowd will continue as Meath manager after his term was extended for another two years at a full county board meeting in Kilmessan last night.

O'Dowd had already been given the blessing of the executive committee to remain at the helm of the Meath footballers for another two years, with a review after 2016, and his ratification was set to go before the clubs of the county at last night's meeting.

However, despite some discussion surrounding the process the county board followed, O'Dowd was installed once more without the issue being put to a vote.


O'Dowd will now the start the process of finding two new selectors after Sean Kelly and Trevor Giles stepped down in the wake of a disappointing campaign for the Royals.

The remainder of the backroom team, which is believed to be close to a dozen strong, have committed to returning for the 2016 campaign. They narrowly missed out on promotion back to the top flight this year but suffered a first championship defeat to Westmeath in Leinster and were sent packing by Tyrone in the qualifiers.

Should the Skryne man see out his full term he will have been in charge for five campaigns.

He has overseen considerable change in his time in charge of the Royals. In three seasons, he has handed out 18 championship debuts, with 14 of those coming in the last two campaigns.

Irish Independent

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