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Thursday 14 December 2017

Banty on borrowed time in Meath - Hayes

FORMER Meath footballer, Liam Hayes, says the Royals are likely to "implode or explode" this summer and that Seamus McEnaney's days as manager are numbered.

Hayes believes that 'Banty' is living on borrowed time in Meath and the only question is how and when exactly it will end.

"I think he is a very good manager. I think in his own right, he has done the best job that he can but he was the wrong man to get the job. His days as Meath manager are numbered, it's just a matter of how they end.

"Meath have lost four decent managers in the last few years. The environment, reaction and the support from the county board and the support from the players were all wrong."

Despite this, Hayes believes that Meath will beat Carlow on Sunday week (in Tullamore) to set up a semi-final against Offaly or Kildare with the Lilywhites hot favourites to make the last-four.

The arrival of Kieran McGeeney coincided with a period of Kildare dominance over their rivals and that has brought greater expectancy and optimism in the county.

"That should suit Meath but at some stage you would expect Meath to explode or implode this summer, there will be a bit of both happening. They're likely to bring out one or two performances this summer but equally they're just as likely to collapse," Hayes said.

The position of Meath manager was ruled with an iron fist by Seán Boylan for over two decades and this has brought about problems in finding a successor according to Hayes: "When a manager is there for 10 or 20 years, it's a confusing time for any county."

Name checking Liam Harnan, Gerry McEntee and Colm O'Rourke, Hayes believes that someone with All-Ireland experience is needed to revitalise the Royals. "We need someone who by their presence reminds people that Meath should be winning Leinster and All-Ireland titles."

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