Meath players backing Banty

Updated: April 17, 2012

Meath’s senior footballers wont be releasing a statement on their desire to maintain Séamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney as manager of the county.

The players held a meeting on Monday night where they outlined their support for the Monaghan native even though the Leinster side were relegated to division 3 of the national football league this month and their prospects don’t appear to be very bright for the championship campaign to come.

The players were going to release a statement in the hope it will influence county board delegates who are taking a vote on Wednesday night but have decided against it. The vote is believed to be to ratify Seán Boylan’s return as Royal’s supremo.

The players however intend to state categorically that the management is not the problem or the reason behind the county’s recent poor run of results which has seen Meath lose five league games in a row.

Royals chairman Barney Allen asked McEnaney to resign but the ex-Monaghan boss refused.  The Meath County Board Executive Committee have backed Allen’s stance and their players are unlikely to get their way with former Ireland International Rules manager Seán Boylan looking certain to be ratified as manager for the championship campaign.

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