Andy McEntee has declined to be interviewed for the vacant Meath senior football manager's role, leaving four candidates left out of an initial list of 10.
McEntee, who managed the Meath team that lost the All-Ireland minor final to Dublin last Sunday, has blamed time constraints for his withdrawal from the race to be Seamus McEnaney's successor.
His concentration on preparing the Meath minors for their All-Ireland date meant he was unable to put the necessary work into any likely plans he would discuss at the interview stage.
Four men have been interviewed in the past week for the senior position, namely Paddy Carr, Colm O'Rourke, Graham Geraghty and Mick O’Dowd.
O'Dowd may be the lesser known of the quartet, but his managerial CV is topped by a Meath county title with Skryne in 2004 when he was their player-manager.
It is believed that he is proposing to have former team-mate Trevor Giles and ex-coach Sean Kelly involved in his backroom team.
Meath County Board Chairman Barney Allen is heading up the selection committee tasked with finding the new manager, whose name could be put forward for ratification at the next County Board meeting on Monday week (October 8).