ex-Meath manager Eamonn O'Brien

Meath GAA boss Eamonn O’Brien fired as Tommy Lyons shows interest


ex-Meath manager Eamonn O'Brien

Former Co. Meath boss Eamonn O’Brien said he was very surprised at being sacked from his position by the county board this week.

O’Brien, who guided the team to a Leinster Title, was removed as Meath boss by delegates this week.

32 out of 59 participants wanted him removed.

O’Brien, frustrated and surprised, told the Irish Independent, “We won a Leinster title for the first time in nine years and we beat a Dublin team in the Championship for the first time in nine years.

“But, obviously, these things didn't count for enough. I'd have to say I am very surprised and disappointed.

“Obviously not enough delegates accepted the undertakings given by the management on the issues raised," he said.

“I would have been happy to address the meeting and to answer any queries and concerns delegates would have had.”

O'Brien concluded: “These things happen. I just have to accept it.”

Meanwhile former Dublin boss Tommy Lyons is not ruling himself out of taking over the manager’s role with Co. Mayo.

Lyons spoke to the Irish Independent about his interest in the job.

He said: “I've left my name in. Would I be interested? I'd certainly talk to anyone who would be interested in talking to me. I have a lot of close associations with Mayo.”

In Co. Wexford it has been confirmed that managers Jason Ryan and Colm Bonnar will continue to serve their county with their respective football hurling and football teams.

Both men were voted back in for another term by their county board on Tuesday night.

This is Ryan’s fourth year as manager of the football team.

Ryan's footballers were beaten in extra-time by Dublin in the Leinster Senior Championship and then overcame London and Galway in the qualifiers before exiting to All-Ireland finalists Cork.

Bonnar led the county's hurlers to the Allianz National League Division 2 title.

Despite comprehensive defeats to Galway and Tipperary in the Championship, Bonnar will stay in his position having already served two years with the county.

Both men have suggested they will be making changes to their backroom teams.


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