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Friday 15 November 2019

McEntee poised to stay on as Meath boss

Andy McEntee
Andy McEntee

Andy McEntee is expected to be ratified for a further three-year term as Meath football manager at a county board meeting tonight.

McEntee steered Meath to Division One of the Allianz league in March while they also reached a Leinster final and the All-Ireland quarter-finals, where they lost to Donegal, Mayo and Kerry but performed relatively well in all three games.

McEntee has been in charge since 2017 and his current three-year term ended after this year's championship.

A new three-year term now awaits, with a review after two years.

Meanwhile, Davy Fitzgerald looks set to remain on for a fourth year as Wexford hurling manager.

And the joint-managers who replaced him in his own native county Clare, Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor, are also poised to stay on into 2020.

Fitzgerald has been weighing up his future since their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Tipperary at the end of July. He has again come under pressure from Wexford players who are keen that they continue on their current pathway.

Fitzgerald was ready to vacate after last year and the thinking was that after Wexford's first provincial success in 15 years, he might have felt he could achieve no more with them. But his imminent decision to stay is a big statement.

In Clare O'Connor and Moloney looked set to depart after a disappointing Munster Championship campaign that ended well with a win at home in Ennis to Cork.

There had been speculation that O'Connor was keen to go because of work commitments but they now look set to extend into a fourth year with possible changes to their backroom team.

Elsewhere, John Kiely was reappointed as Limerick hurling manager for another term at a county board meeting last night.

Kiely who has masterminded All-Ireland, league and Munster titles for his county in the last 13 months, will have to introduce a new strength and conditioning coach after Joe O'Connor's decision to step away in the wake of this year's championship.

The Rathkeale native has played a big part in Limerick's rise in hurling over the last few years, having previously worked with the Kerry footballers and Clare hurlers when Davy Fitzgerald was in charge.

Limerick lost out to Kilkenny in an epic All-Ireland semi-final at the end of July but up to that point had been the most formidable side in the game, crushing future All-Ireland champions Tipperary by 12 points in the Munster final.

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