Coyle replaces Barry at Meath helm

Eamonn Barry's reign as Meath senior football manager has lasted barely 12 months - former county player Colm Coyle was appointed as the Royals' new boss last night.

Eamonn Barry's reign as Meath senior football manager has lasted barely 12 months - former county player Colm Coyle was appointed as the Royals' new boss last night.

At a meeting of the Meath County Board in Simonstown, Coyle got the nod over Barry and other candidates Tommy Dowd and Paddy Carr.

Coyle managed Monaghan for two years and was a selector under long-time Meath supremo Sean Boylan.

A statement read: "Delegates at last night's County Board meeting voted by a large majority to support a management committee recommendation that Colm Coyle be appointed as the Meath senior football manager.

"His fellow mentors will be Tommy Dowd and Dudley Farrell."

In a a change to their managerial selection process, the Meath County Board have decided for 2007 to "appoint" their football and hurling managers on the recommendations of the management committee rather than through an election.

Last September saw Walterstown native Barry elected as the man to replace Boylan who stepped down after 23 years at the helm. Barry beat Paddy Carr 57-25 in the deciding vote.

Despite earning silverware in January when his side beat Offaly in the O'Byrne Cup final, Barry's year in charge was an ultimately fruitless one with the Royals relegated from the National League's Division 1B and their championship run being ended by Wexford (in Leinster) and Laois (in the All-Ireland qualifiers).

Even before his first competitive game, Barry was courting controversy as he had his attempts to bring Dessie Rogers and his brother Martin into his backroom team blocked. A row developed between Barry and the Meath County Board which had him threatening to quit his post.

A dressing room argument with Graham Geraghty followed in February but it was soon resolved with the 1999 All-Ireland winning captain returning and playing his way back into contention for a place in Ireland's International Rules squad.

Barry is understood to have angered the County Board by meeting with his players last week to outline his plans for 2007.

He sought a three-year term last September, despite his knowledge of the annual selection process, and said: "When you consider the current state of Meath football, it is unrealistic to expect a new manager to come in and do everything that he'd like to do in 12 months."

New man Coyle, noted as a classy defender in his day, is most famous for scoring the point which sent the 1996 All-Ireland SFC final between Meath and Mayo to a replay. Along with Liam McHale, he was sent off in the second game which the Royals won by 2-9 to 1-11.

More in this section

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

Have the Irish Examiner delivered to your door. No delivery charge. Just pay the cover price.