Meath look close to home

Meath chairman Barney Allen says the identity of Seamus McEnaney’s successor is unlikely to be known until October.

Allen also acknowledged the likelihood is the new manager will be a Meath man.

“We have a committee meeting on Monday week and we’ll ask the clubs to nominate people for the position. It’ll probably be the October meeting by the time we have somebody to fill the position.”

Colm O’Rourke and Gerry McEntee are two men who have been linked with the position, while Seán Boylan could yet throw his name in the hat after almost becoming manager prior to this championship.

Allen said there is a groundswell of support to see a Meath man again at the helm.

“We’re not ruling anyone out. It’s up to the clubs if they want to nominate people outside the county.

“The committee that will be set up can look anywhere they want but the feeling out there is a Meath man should take over. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will but that’s what people have been saying.”

Allen stressed his relationship with McEnaney was never strained despite the management committee’s attempt to oust him as manager in April.

“Before the vote was taken and after the vote was taken, we said we would remain friends and always talk.

“It wasn’t just me — that was a management committee decision. Seamus had no problem with the Meath County Board after it.

“Anything he looked for he got and he got all the help he could get from us. We’re as good a friend to one another as we were before the vote as we are now and will be in the future.”

Meath’s 2012 captain Seamus Kenny thanked McEnaney for the “endless hours” of work he put into the team.

“It’s disappointing to see him go and it would be fair to acknowledge that he put massive time into us over the last two years and just didn’t get the reward out of it.”

Kenny doesn’t believe the players’ decision not to publicly back McEnaney in April after relegation to Division 3 damaged his chances of staying on as manager.

“From a players’ point of view, we just wanted to get on with it. We didn’t want to cause a split in the camp. Once it [the vote] was done and dusted, that was it.”


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