Sunday 23 October 2016

Two-year extension on cards for Royal O'Dowd

MEATH GAA chiefs want Mick O'Dowd to remain in the Royal football hotseat for another two years.

This was the "unanimous decision" of the county board's management committee last night, and O'Dowd will now be recommended to county board delegates at their next meeting on Monday, August 10.

Questions over the Skryne man's future arose in the wake of a disappointing summer that saw the county suffer its first ever championship defeat to Westmeath (having led by ten points at one stage) before falling narrowly to Tyrone at their first qualifier fence.

That completed O'Dowd's three-year term, but he made it clear in Omagh that he wouldn't walk away from this group of players - if the clubs of Meath were still willing to back him. The ball is now in their court, with management proposing that he be reappointed until the end of 2017, with a review after next season.

Presuming O'Dowd is returned, some backroom shake-up can be expected after selector Seán Kelly signalled his departure earlier this week.

Meanwhile, at next month's meeting, Meath clubs will also be asked to rubber-stamp the reappointment of hurling manager Martin Ennis for 2016.


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