# Battle Royal
Meath appoint Seamus McEnaney at last
Royal County appoints first outsider to top football job.

THE FORMER MONAGHAN manager Seamus McEnaney is the new Meath boss after he was backed by the county’s clubs last night.

Though it was a ‘stormy meeting’ according to the Irish Daily Star, McEnaney was supported by 53 of the 72 clubs.

The Irish News quotes him as saying:

I’m delighted about the comprehensive recommendation that the clubs of Meath have given me.

McEnaney’s backroom team will be Martin McElkennon, Paul Grimley and Liam Harnan.

Harnan, who led Skyrne to this year’s Meath senior title, was described by McEnaney as a Royal County legend, on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland this morning. He added:

Certainly there has been controversy – but I didn’t get involved; this is the first time I’ve spoken out.

I was confident the clubs were going to back the recommendation (for his ratification). I respect the opinion of those in Meath who didn’t want an outsider coming in but it’s time to get on now.

McEnaney, who had to wait a week to be confirmed in the job after last Wednesday’s county board meeting was put back, is the first non-Meath man to be handed the job.