All conquering Meath Ladies footballers are on the hunt for a new manager after Davy Nelson and his entire backroom team resigned yesterday.
And despite mutual statements from the Meath LGFA and Nelson thanking each other for their efforts sources have told Meath that it was player power saw the Navan O Mahony’s man depart the hot seat.
The LGFA statement read, “With regret Meath LGFA announce that the County Senior Management will not be taking the team forward to the TG4 All Ireland Series Group B games against Waterford and Donegal.
“The County Board wish to place on record our sincere gratitude to manager Davy Nelson, Head Coach Mark Brennan and the entire coaching and backroom team, for their commitment and work during the 2023 season.”
Nelson was appointed as two-time All-Ireland winning manager Eamonn Murray’s successor last October.
Meath lost to Dublin in the Leinster final last weekend. The Royals finished second from bottom in Division 1 this year.
In a brief statement Nelson said, “I have decided to step down as Meath Ladies senior football manager with immediate effect, I wish to thank the county board for their outstanding support during my short term,
“I wish the team all the best for the rest of the season”.
However a source close to the team told Meath Live, ‘Look at what Davy doesn’t say and read between the lines, he thanks the county board but not the players, and likewise the players have yet to issue a statement of thanks to him.
‘The players, like a lot of other teams, have the attitude that players win matches but management lose games, players have all the power now and if they decide the manager must go then the manager has no chance.
‘Results dictate but if that was all that mattered the county board would have got rid of the manager but they didn’t even after a poor league showing and a Leinster final defeat.
‘The players after their All Ireland wins found it hard to take defeats and were of the opinion the losses were down to management.
‘If you look at Davy’s track record as a manager in men’s football he has always seen the job out but he felt he couldn’t do that this time.’