Brothers Andy and Gerry McEntee have joined forces to form an exciting new Meath senior football management team for 2017.
Andy McEntee will take over from Mick O’Dowd as manager, while local legend Gerry will be a selector alongside fellow ex-Royal County players Donal Curtis and Finian Murtagh.
The management team were ratified for a three-year term at last night’s county board meeting in Seneschalstown.
It’s understood that Dublin legend Paul Curran and Meath hero Graham Geraghty were nominated for the role, but weren’t interested.
That left McEntee up against Sean Barry, Ciaran Conlon and John O’Brien, and the Dunboyne resident got the nod with his impressive backroom team.
Andy was in charge of the Meath minor team that contested Leinster and All-Ireland finals in 2012, and led Ballyboden St Enda’s to AIB All-Ireland club glory last March.
Brother Gerry, a star of Meath’s All-Ireland winning teams in 1987 and 1988, has also won a Dublin SFC title as boss of St Brigid’s in 2003.
Andy McEntee worked with Murtagh in Meath’s minor setup, while 1999 All-Ireland medalist Curtis is a former senior selector. Cormac Sullivan, the All-Ireland winning goalkeeper of ‘99, will be the goalkeeping coach.
O’Dowd was one of the longest serving inter-county managers before stepping down in the wake of Meath’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Derry.
O’Dowd took Meath to two Leinster finals though both resulted in defeats to Dublin, and they lost to the old enemy again this summer.
Meath supporters were particularly frustrated with the developing trend of blowing leads in big games which happened against Westmeath and Derry in the last two championships.
They retained their Division 2 status in the Allianz league though and O’Dowd was adamant that he left in place a young side capable of serving the county well for the next five to seven years.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Waterford will be screened live by RTÉ TV.
RTÉ One will carry a triple header of games from Thurles with the main event being the rematch between the All-Ireland holders and Waterford which throws in at 6.45pm.
Both of the All-Ireland senior camogie semi-finals will be screened beforehand with Cork taking on Wexford at 2pm, and Galway meeting Kilkenny at 3.45pm
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