McEnaney in frame for vacant Meath job

MEATH legend Liam Harnan has urged county officials to make history by appointing Seamus McEnaney as their first ever non native manager.

Former Monaghan boss McEnaney and local hero Harnan have joined forces in the race to succeed Eamonn O’Brien having initially been nominated individually.

They form one half of a hugely formidable management team that also includes renowned coach Paul Grimley and trainer Marty McElkennon.

They have received a boost with the development that arguably their most stout opponent, successful Kilmacud Crokes club boss Paddy Carr, has withdrawn from the race.

It leaves just former manager Eamonn Barry, ex minor boss Pat Coyle and former player Gerry Cooney in the running to manage the Leinster title holders.

Harnan, whose own stock is currently high after leading Skryne to the Meath SFC title, believes McEnaney is the obvious choice even though a non native manager has never been appointed.

“The people who are involved in this are what Meath football needs at this point,” said Harnan.

“I don’t think an outside manager is the be-all and end-all of it (but) I think the players are ready for something different, a new approach.

“Those involved would bring a huge amount of experience and I think they would bring quality.

“We’d certainly come to the job with a very open mind and I think the players would give an even greater response to that type of a set up.”

Harnan revealed in the Meath Chronicle that he won’t seek the outright position himself as he’s too busy with both work and club commitments.

Despite their strong credentials there are absolutely no guarantees – as the unexpected ousting of O’Brien by club delegates in early September proves – that McEnaney’s management team will be appointed.

Barry, who managed Meath in 2006, has enjoyed club success, most notably with three-in-a-row county title winners Dunshaughlin.

County chairman Barney Allen, ex-Disputes Resolution Authority secretary Liam Keane and 1988 All-Ireland winning captain Joe Cassells are the three man committee charged with finding O’Brien’s successor which will be ratified at the next county board meeting on November 3.

“Interviews are ongoing and it will be another week, or maybe a fortnight, before the manager is announced, no decision has been taken yet,” said Allen.

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