Mick O’Dowd’s appointment as manager of the Meath senior football team was sanctioned on Monday night in a meeting of the County Board in Navan.
O’Dowd’s appointment was a foregone conclusion after he was put forward to by the selection committee to succeed Seamus McEnaney, who stepped down after two turbulent years in charge.
The Royals will be looking for the 39 year old to bring some much needed stability to the club who have employed four managers since Sean Boylan quit in the wake of the All-Ireland qualifiers defeat by Cavan in 2005.
O’Dowd is joined by former teammate Trevor Giles, who was also part of McEnanaey’s backroom staff and will remain in post, with Sean Kelly joining the club after being confirmed as one of his selectors.
There were changes at Louth as well, where new manager Aidan O’Rourke was named as successor to Peter Fitzgerald. The former Armagh footballer moves from Down where he was the assistant manager to James McCartan this season. O’Rourke has taken the reins of the Wee County, agreeing to a two year term with the option of a third.