Meath clubs have rowed in behind football boss Mick O’Dowd and reappointed him for a further two-years.
The Skryne man’s position was the subject of major debate at last night’s county board meeting after a disappointing championship. The Royals were beaten for the first time by Westmeath and various clubs suggested alternatives should be considered.
O’Dowd’s bid for a fourth season was further weakened by the fact that his backroom team for 2016 is unknown. Legendary forward Trevor Giles and Sean Kelly have stepped down.
A number of delegates, including Dunshaughlin’s Paddy Ward, suggested the reappointment was being rushed.
However, Meath chairman Conor Tormey spoke strongly on behalf of O’Dowd, noting he’s introduced almost 20 new players to senior football.
Tormey assured that O’Dowd’s backroom team is virtually complete.
He also pointed to the fact that since Sean Boylan’s 23-year reign ended in 2005, five different managers have been appointed.
“If we bring in a new manager we’re starting all over again,” said Tormey.
Delegates appeared to agree and declined the opportunity to vote on O’Dowd’s position by giving him their unanimous backing.
Hurling boss Martin Ennis was also reappointed for 12 months.
Meanwhile, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has admitted Joe McMahon could require groin surgery.
However, Harte said he his hoping McMahon will be available for their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry on August 23.