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Tommy Down (left)

Tommy Down (left)

Tommy Down (left)

FORMER All-Ireland winning captain Tommy Dowd will be part of a five man committee to conduct interviews aimed at finding the next Meath football manager.

Dowd captained Meath to their 1996 triumph over Mayo and has been enlisted to join chairman Barney Allen, vice-chairman Conor Tormey and two others, Leo Halpin from the Oldcastle club and Moynalvey's Peter Collins in the search for Seamus McEnaney's replacement.

Meath County Board released a list of 10 candidates who have been nominated for the position but a number of those have already ruled themselves out of contention.

Nicky English has ruled himself of the running for the county's senior hurling manager's job due to work commitments.

English managed the Premier County to All-Ireland success in 2001 but said he will not be returning to fill the vacancy left by Declan Ryan's departure. "It is not going to be possible for me to do it because of my work situation," he said.

All-Ireland-winning manager Liam Sheedy and the coach who worked with him, Eamon O'Shea, are said to be among those being approached, and former county star John Leahy is also believed to be a contender for the job.

Elsewhere, Kevin Walsh looks likely to remain in charge of the Sligo footballers for a third term.

Irish Independent