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Meath show their faith in Coyle with new deal

By John Campbell

At the outset of the current championship season, Meath manager Colm Coyle found himself approaching the campaign more in hope than confidence.

Today, the landscape has changed dramatically.

Not only are Meath gearing up to face Cork in next Sunday's Bank of Ireland All Ireland semi-final but Coyle, an All Ireland winner as a tenacious half-back with the Royals, has just been handed an unprecedented additional two-year term as team boss.

Usually a Meath manager only gets a one-year extension but Coyle, it seems, is very much flavour of the month - indeed, of the year - in Meath.

"Colm has done a great job this year and there wasn't a whimper against him being given another two years," said Meath chairman Brendan Dempsey.

"The decision gives the management and the players a bit of stability. Even if they were to lose on Sunday to against Cork, Colm could come into the dressing room afterwards and say 'okay we'll be back training in two months for next year' or whatever."

And while Coyle can look forward to the future with confidence, his Cork counterpart Billy Morgan has, as expected, called upon Daniel Goulding to replace the injured James Masters for Sunday's clash.

That is the only change to the side from the last eight clash with Michael Cussen again named at full-forward and John Miskella, scorer of that fine goal against Sligo, retaining his place in the half forward line alongside Pierce O'Neill and Kevin McMahon.

CORK: A Quirke, M Shields, G Canty; K O'Connor, N O'Leary, G Spillane, A Lynch, D Kavanagh, N Murphy, J Miskella, P O'Neill, K McMahon, D Goulding, M Cussen, D O'Connor.


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