Flynn resigns as Meath u-20 football manager

Meath u-20 manager Bernard Flynn and his management team of Robbie Brennan, Graham Geraghty, Graham Reilly, Peter Leahy, Shane Supple have resigned their positions following a dispute surrounding the release of players from the county senior panel.

Flynn told the Meath Chronicle this evening that his is very disappointed that promises were broken regarding the availability of players from the senior panel and that he was left with no option, but to resign from the role of manager.

In a statement forwarded to the Meath Chronicle, Flynn reiterated his frustration.

"I undertook to accept the role of managing and developing the Meath u-20 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," wrote Flynn.

"Confirmation was received today that this agreement, which is underpinned by a signed charter, including a commitment from the Chairman Coiste an Mi and the senior manager, 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 the 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," concluded the statement.

Flynn's appointed was shrouded in controversy as it came so late in the year, but hopes of a positive year for the u-20s rose when Flynn's management team was confirmed.

However, just a few weeks after announcing Matt Costello and Cathal Hickey as his captain and vice-captain respectively, Flynn and his management team have resigned.

Meath Co Board PRO Ciaran Flynn confirmed that Bernard Flynn has resigned from his position as manager of the Meath u-20 football team and there would be no further comment at this time.