Bernard Flynn has just released the following statement about the events leading up to his bombshell resignation earlier today.

He said, “I undertook to accept the role of managing and developing the Meath u20 squad based on a verbal and written agreement that the senior players would be released for championship, an issue that has caused difficulties for previous management,” he said.

“Confirmation was received today that this agreement, which is underpinned by a signed charter including a commitment from the Chairman Coiste an Mi (John Kavanagh) and the senior manager (Andy McEntee), will not be honoured, therefore making the position of the U20 manager and my back room team, untenable.

“Having put heart and soul into working with such a great group of guys, against a backdrop of Covid pandemic, it is with a heavy heart and much regret that I have resigned as manager .

“At the heart of this decision is the best interest of Meath Football, something I have stressed since the outset of agreeing to take on this role, and I feel that my integrity would be called into question in following any other course of action.”