Michael McDermott the manager who guided the Wolfe Tones to Keegan Cup glory last year has emerged as one of the front runners for the vacant Meath senior football manager position.

The three-person committee of county chairman John Kavanagh and respected coaches Conor O’Dwyer and Sean Kelly began their search for Andy McEntee’s successor last week and are believed to have been impressed by McDermott’s credentials which include winning titles in four counties other than Meath and a three-year spell in charge of Clare footballers which many regard as laying the groundwork for the Banner county’s current success.

Sources have told Meath Live that McDermott is interested in the job, one saying, ‘He feels he can bring something to the table and is certainly interested in the gig, if you ask anyone who has ever worked with him he is atop class coach and an excellent man manager.’

McDermott may face stiff opposition though as Royal County legend Bernard Flynn has declared an interest. as on Twitter this weekend Senator Shane Cassells tweeted that while he was on the ‘Legends’ tour in Croke Park on Saturday Flynn, who was hosting the tour announced he wanted to be considered.

Intriguingly another name believed to be on the selection committee’s radar is Kerry All Ireland winning manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

The source revealed, ‘If they are looking at someone from outside the county then I believe he is of interest to them, okay it would be a long commute for him but Paidí O’Sé did something similar with Westmeath, there would be obvious difficulties but he’s a serious contender.’