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Friday 23 March 2018

Cassells joins Meath cause in search for new boss

Barney Allen will be joined by Joe Cassells and Liam Keane in the search for a new manager. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Barney Allen will be joined by Joe Cassells and Liam Keane in the search for a new manager. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

FORMER All-Ireland winning captain Joe Cassells and the current Central Hearings Committee chairman Liam Keane will join Meath county chairman Barney Allen in a more extensive search for a new manager.

A three-man committee was given the imprimatur last night to come up with a preferred candidate from the 13 nominations which were submitted to the board last week.

It follows the decision of the last meeting not to endorse the outgoing manager Eamonn O'Brien for another term.

Some of those nominated have already publicly announced that they are not interested in the position and more will be expected to fall away as the process gets under way.

At last night's meeting, Allen was critical of sections of the media for their analysis of how the failed re-appointment of O'Brien was handled.

O'Brien, who led the county to their first Leinster title in nine years, is not expected to put himself forward for interview.

Former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney is the only 'outside' candidate among the nominations and no restriction will be placed on the origin of their preferred choice, last night's meeting established. Sean Kelly, Paddy Carr, Gerry McEntee, Liam Harnan and Damien Sheridan are among the more prominent nominees from within the county, but of that quintet Carr and Sheridan are the only ones who may possibly be interested this time.

Meanwhile, rumours of disquiet in the Waterford hurling camp have been greatly exaggerated by the media, according to young corner-back Noel Connors, who has given his full backing to reappointed manager Davy Fitzgerald.

Recently retired Dan Shanahan and veteran star Ken McGrath have both criticised Fitzgerald's tactics in their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary.

But Connors, expected to win his first All Star later this month, has backed the Deise manager, saying: "You'll obviously have a few people who wanted to start, and a few who felt they were hard done by, but there's only 15 people going out onto the field.

Connors said he was "delighted" with the Clareman's reappointment.

"Davy gives great inspiration to all the players. The man gives 100pc to everything he does, whether it's tiddliwinks, the Munster championship or the All-Ireland final," Connors said.

Irish Independent

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