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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tormey: Clubs must back O'Dowd if Meath are to put things right in 2016

Andrew Tormey
Andrew Tormey

Meath footballer Andrew Tormey has called on the clubs of his county not to vote for the removal of manager Mick O'Dowd at next Monday's board meeting.

It is expected that O'Dowd will be returned for another two-year stint, despite the disappointing season Meath endured this year with firstly, failing to win promotion from Division 2 but mostly notably, becoming the first team from the county to lose a senior championship match to Westmeath having led at one stage of their Leinster semi-final by nine points.

Nevertheless, Tormey insists that Meath have made "unbelievable progress since he has come in.

"He has given a lot of lads chances that maybe wouldn't have got chances and a lot of us have proved that we are good enough to be playing," Tormey outlined.

Already, the county board's executive have given their backing to O'Dowd's continued tenure, though twice in the past decade, the clubs have voted against such recommendations with regard to senior management.

Nominated

In 2010, Eamonn O'Brien was voted out by 32 votes to 29, despite having managed Meath to a first Leinster title in nine years and having been nominated for a further term by the executive.

His replacement, Seamus McEnaney, then survived a 'no confidence motion' in April 2012 when the clubs voted by a margin of 31 to 26 to back his tenure for that summer's championship.

"You wouldn't know what way the clubs will vote," Tormey admitted.

"The county board have backed Micko and the players have backed Micko so it will be up to them.

"Eamonn O'Brien won a Leinster in 2010 and he was booted out the next year.

"It's hard to know, the clubs if they get it in their head that Micko is not the right man you could be back to square one again with a new manager.

"A new manager could come in and maybe half a team could be gone because they might think they are not good enough or are too young or too light."

Tormey added: "People have seen us playing football and the 35 minutes against Westmeath in the first half was probably the best 35 minutes any Meath team has played in the last five or six years.

"And," he concluded, "if we can keep that going for 70 minutes it would make us a stronghold of football."

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