Banty hanging on by a thread

Seamus McEnaney’s position as Meath football manager looks fatally weakened following an emergency county board management committee meeting on his future.

Seamus McEnaney’s position as Meath football manager looks fatally weakened following an emergency county board management committee meeting on his future.

Unconfirmed reports last night indicate the committee have issued a ‘resign or face a no confidence vote’ to the Monaghan native. A well-placed source said ‘Banty’ "has been asked to consider his position" following Sunday’s relegation to Division 3.

The management committee is now awaiting a response from McEnaney. "We have to wait and see what Seamus says in response to what was discussed at the meeting," the source said, amid fevered speculation the manager has been given until today to tender his resignation.

A full county board meeting hasn’t been ruled out for some time next week where a no confidence motion in McEnaney could be put before delegates.

There are also indications four-time All-Ireland-winning manager Seán Boylan could step into the breach for the remainder of the season. However, county board officials dismissed the suggestion they have already looked at finding a potential replacement for McEnaney.

As revealed by the Irish Examiner last Tuesday, a management committee was set to be called to discuss McEnaney’s future on the back of Meath’s relegation from Division 2 following five consecutive defeats.

Chairman Barney Allen also refused to confirm yesterday that McEnaney would be in charge of the team for the county’s Leinster SFC opener against Wicklow on May 27.

"I’m not going to say too much but things haven’t panned out the way we would have expected," he told the Irish Examiner. "We’re disappointed that the team has been going so bad."

Allen also described last Sunday’s defeat to Louth in Navan, which confirmed their relegation, as "one of the worst displays".

This story courtesy of the Irish Examiner

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