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McEnaney poised to exit Royals

SEAMUS McENANEY is expected to announce early this week that he will not be seeking re-appointment for another season as Meath senior football manager after Saturday's Championship exit to Laois.

Banty insisted afterwards that notification of his decision will come quickly, although he refused to be drawn on whether he would consider staying put for a third season given the opportunity.

"My decision will be swift in the next five days," he told reporters in O'Moore Park, "but you won't be knowing it today."

However, McEnaney apparently informed the players on Saturday night that he has managed his final match in the Meath colours and could be making a quick return to inter-county management with his native Monaghan.

He has already been nominated for the Farney job - a position he held for six years prior to the appointment of Eamon McEneaney, who stood down after losing to Laois in the qualifiers earlier this month - and is, apparently, a front-runner for the job.


The closing date for nominations was last Friday although the county board will not announce the shortlist until later this week and would coincide neatly with Banty's own announcement.

If, as expected, he does walk away, Meath will be seeking a fifth manager in just under seven years, and already, one of McEnaney's selectors, Trevor Giles has been touted as a possible candidate.

Louth, meanwhile, can officially begin the process of finding a manager today after Peter Fitzpatrick announced his exit via a statement from Fine Gael.

The Louth TD had been widely expected to leave in the wake of a disappointing season which saw them lose to Westmeath in the All-Ireland Qualifiers.

"I feel I have achieved all I can at the moment for Louth football, and it would be selfish of me to stay on as manager, even though I would dearly love to," the statement read, adding that "a new manager may progress the team further".

Fitzpatrick - whose term will no doubt be remembered most for the 2010 Leinster final 'Sludden-gate' debacle but was hit by the emigration of a huge number of Louth players - also insisted that "winning a Leinster Final (but not getting the medals!)," ranked as one of the highlights of his reign.

In Sligo, all eyes are now on Kevin Walsh after they slumped to a disappointing All-Ireland exit to Kildare in Hyde Park on Saturday.


Walsh led the Yeats County to successive promotions the first two of his four years in charge but progress has slowed in the last two and admitted after the defeat that he would consider his position.

"The two-year thing is done, and we won't be saying anything or even thinking about it," he admitted.

"To be honest with you, I haven't even talked to selectors.

"It was all about trying to get us back on the wagon after losing a disappointing Connacht final."