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Royal rumble: Banty hanging on with Meath despite ’24 hours to go’ warning

Meath football in turmoil as fall-out of relegation to Division 3 continues.

Seamus McEnaney: on the brink.
Seamus McEnaney: on the brink.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

THE FUTURE OF Meath senior football manager Seamus McEnaney hangs in the balance after the county’s top officials reportedly gave him 24 hours to resign.

Following a meeting of the executive in Navan last night, ‘Banty’ was said to have been informed that if he didn’t quit, a full county committee meeting would be convened for next Monday night to remove him from the position which he has held for just over a year.

McEnaney was unavailable for comment earlier today but a  source close to the Monaghan man said: “He’s going nowhere, he has a two-year deal with the Meath lads and he is determined to see that deal through.

“The management team and the whole squad are 100% behind him, and despite assurances that have apparently been given to a couple of people who have been asked to take over the team in a temporary capacity Banty will not be resigning. He has never reneged on an agreement in his life, either in business or sport and he has no intention of starting now.”

It is believed tentative approaches have been made to Sean Boylan, the legendary manager who guided Meath to four All-Ireland titles in a reign spanning two decades, as well as former manager Colm Coyle. It is understood that the Meath squad will get together later today and they are expected to issue a statement supporting McEnaney.

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