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Banty steps down as Wexford manager after just one season in charge

Monaghan native McEnaney led Wexford to the Division 4 league final this year.

Seamus McEnaney.
Seamus McEnaney.
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SEAMUS MCENANEY HAS stepped down as Wexford senior football manager after just one season in charge.

Monaghan native ‘Banty’ guided his side to promotion from Division 4 in the National Football League as they won their first four games, but they were beaten by Westmeath in the final.

Wexford’s All-Ireland championship campaign was ended by McEnaney’s native county in the second round of the qualifiers. This followed a win over Limerick in the opening round, and a surprise defeat to Carlow in Leinster.

A Wexford GAA spokesperson confirmed the news to The42 this evening, and added that a statement will be issued tomorrow.

It’s understood that the ultimate reasoning behind McEnaney’s departure is the commute to and from the south-east from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

“It was a 500km round trip,” he told RTÉ Sport. “I’d leave my house at 3.0pm to head to training and I wouldn’t be back again until midnight.

“The driving was the single biggest reason because the county board and the players were top class. We had whatever we needed and the respect, commitment and attitude of the players couldn’t be questioned.

“Sometimes in a dual county one of the codes feels like they are missing out, but I can guarantee you we got everything that the hurlers got this year.”

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