Talent trawl adds up as andy mcentee looks at over 40 players in an attempt to revive meath football

In recent years, a malaise of indifference has engulfed Meath football — the fervent level of support the Royals enjoyed during the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s no longer visible.

Just moments before their opening O’Byrne Cup game against Wicklow in Navan at the start of the month, a former Meath player present remarked that, ‘It mightn’t really matter who the manager is because if the players aren’t there, they aren’t there’.

But McEntee is certainly searching widely — and that has seen him bring in a couple of players who have previously pulled on the Dubs jersey. Cobblestone minecraft Andy McEntee makes his way out of the tunnel for his first game in charge as Meath manager

As revealed in SunSport last month, Ballyboden’s Stephen O’Connor and Stuart Lowndes, brother of Dublin senior panellist Eric, have both been training with Meath.

Lowndes played for Dublin in the 2015 O’Byrne Cup but has since transferred from St Peregrine’s in the capital to St Peter’s Dunboyne and played for Meath against DIT two weeks ago.

“Stephen O’Connor is not in there for any other reason other than he is going to push the standard up within that training camp and if he’s good enough to get on the team, Andy will pick him and if he isn’t, then Andy won’t pick him.”

Flaherty added: “Andy’s a very driven individual and he’s not afraid to make hard calls. Japanese landscape tattoo Sheridan made his name as a forward with Meath but is now being used between the sticks

“He has a good man-management style. Spring training locations in florida The Ballyboden players bought into what he was doing early on because they saw that he led from the top in terms of his drive.

“I’m sure he’ll have good structures in place in Meath. Taffeta fabric characteristics Back in the ’90s, Meath’s target was to win an All- Ireland, Meath’s target now is to get to a Leinster final.

Meath have won the O’Byrne Cup on nine occasions — but they have never retained the title the next year. Basketball finals channel Andy McEntee celebrates All-Ireland club win for Ballyboden at Croke Park in March

They are two victories away from achieving that now but for McEntee the most important goal from January is to assemble a squad strong enough to challenge for league promotion and then to try to close the gap to Dublin in Leinster.

Out of the darkness, a light might finally be about to flicker upon Tara again.BY the end of today, Andy McEntee will have looked at over 40 Meath players in the O’Byrne Cup.

Eamon Wallace and Séamus Lavin, who were both involved with their respective college teams until now, are named to start against Louth in today’s semi-final at Páirc Tailteann.

“And if you are looking to learn or to get pointers as to, ‘What are they doing right?’ then he’ll have seen they have good structures, there is finance behind them, they have development programmes and a young crop of talent coming through.

“I’d say Andy is looking at it saying, ‘Meath is a big county, Meath has a tradition and probably doesn’t have as many competing sports or distractions as there are in the capital. Basketball rio 2016 scores We are right beside Dublin, so why can’t we mirror that?’”

In recent years, a malaise of indifference has engulfed Meath football — the fervent level of support the Royals enjoyed during the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s no longer visible.

Just moments before their opening O’Byrne Cup game against Wicklow in Navan at the start of the month, a former Meath player present remarked that, ‘It mightn’t really matter who the manager is because if the players aren’t there, they aren’t there’.

As revealed in SunSport last month, Ballyboden’s Stephen O’Connor and Stuart Lowndes, brother of Dublin senior panellist Eric, have both been training with Meath.

Lowndes played for Dublin in the 2015 O’Byrne Cup but has since transferred from St Peregrine’s in the capital to St Peter’s Dunboyne and played for Meath against DIT two weeks ago.

“So I suppose Andy is saying, ‘There must be one or two people around outside of the net that will add value to it’. Natural stone bridge and caves Mickey Burke is excited to play under new manager Andy McEntee

“Stephen O’Connor is not in there for any other reason other than he is going to push the standard up within that training camp and if he’s good enough to get on the team, Andy will pick him and if he isn’t, then Andy won’t pick him.”

“He has a good man-management style. Basketball leagues near me The Ballyboden players bought into what he was doing early on because they saw that he led from the top in terms of his drive.

“I’m sure he’ll have good structures in place in Meath. High pitch sound Back in the ’90s, Meath’s target was to win an All- Ireland, Meath’s target now is to get to a Leinster final.

They are two victories away from achieving that now but for McEntee the most important goal from January is to assemble a squad strong enough to challenge for league promotion and then to try to close the gap to Dublin in Leinster.