Meath selectors quit in row over Geraghty’s return

MEATH’s championship preparations have been thrown into disarray by the decision of Liam Harnan and Barry O’Callaghan to step down as selectors.

Harnan and O’Callaghan, the only two Meath men in Seamus McEnaney’s management team, are understood to have departed because they weren’t consulted about Graham Geraghty’s return to the panel.

On Friday, Harnan wasn’t in a position to confirm or deny whether the 1999 All-Ireland winner had come back although McEnaney already had that day.

Harnan may have only discovered the news when asked about it by a journalist.

Speaking to The Irish Examiner last night, Harnan confirmed both he and O’Callaghan had withdrawn from their positions.

“We have done it for personal reasons,” said the two-time All-Ireland winner.

Harnan also said neither he nor O’Callaghan would, under no circumstances, return to the roles they have vacated. Meath face Kildare in a Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park on June 5 with McEnaney’s management team now reduced to selector, Armagh man Paul Grimley, and coach, Tyrone’s Marty McElkennon.

McEnaney was at O’Moore Park yesterday where Kildare were convincing winners over Wicklow.

After the tie, Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney suggested the development could bring the Meath camp closer together.

“Some things can galvanise a camp, some things can go against it,” he said. “What you’d think would galvanise it doesn’t, what you think wouldn’t can.”

McGeeney also took issue with remarks made by Geraghty about a potential Leinster semi-final against Dublin.

“I always find the teams that we play tend to be in disarray. They seem to be well up for it and Graham’s back and Graham’s on about looking forward to playing Dublin so they’re obviously quite confident of beating us.”

However, McGeeney also praised Geraghty’s playing attributes.

“When I played against him he was a brilliant player and he played there against Kildare in the Anthony Rainbow game and he looked hot to trot then. Graham’s very confident and if he plays any part there’s no doubt it’ll be a good part.”

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