McEnaney survives Meath vote

by Michelle Fortune , 19 April 2012

Seamus McEnaney will continue on as manager of the Meath senior football team after surviving a vote of no confidence motion on Wednesday night.

Banty's time in charge of the Royals appeared to be up when the Meath County Board called a meeting for Wednesday night to determine whether or not the Monaghan man should continue as manager.

Indeed, it was believed former Meath manager Sean Boylan was ready to step in to the position with some reports suggesting he had spent the previous evening forming his management team.

At a tense meeting at Pairc Tailteann in Navan the management committee put forward a motion to have McEnaney removed from the position but they failed to get the required two-thirds majority with only 43 of the 74 voting in favour of the motion.

Despite urging club delegates and executive members to vote in favour of McEnaney's removal, county chairman Barney Allen insists the former Fermanagh manager will receive the full support of the Meath County Board as he prepares the panel for the Leinster SFC opener against Waterford on May 27.

"The decision has been made. We'll give the team our full support from here until the end of the champion and we wish them luck for the season," Allen said.

Questions over McEnaney's future were raised following Meath's relegation to Division 3 of the Allianz Football League but despite the uncertainty he continued with his duties by attending club games last weekend.

Responding to the news of McEnaney's survival, Meath defender Kevin Reilly tweeted: "The real loser in all of this regardless of the result is Meath football. I think everyone has put politics before what really matters."

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