Westmeath Forum

Banty for Westmeath

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I know its only rumour so far but what would people think of this possible appointment? He would certainly bring a professional set up to the county and listening to reports would appear to be very good at man management. Of course as ever with Westmeath County Board money is going to dictate everything. I would like to see them going all out to get somebody of the calibre of Banty and to see the best players in the county buying into this project.

Everybody2014 (Westmeath) - Posts: 3 - 29/08/2014 09:21:53    1643837

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Look what happened at Meath.. No

sharpshooter23 (Westmeath) - Posts: 187 - 29/08/2014 11:43:57    1643965

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We have to be realistic in terms of who who could get. We dont exactly have a rich history of winning titles, we have a small pool of quality players and our team has no confidence after the season we have had. Who do people think we could get that fits the bill?

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts: 482 - 29/08/2014 13:54:01    1644114

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Tony McEntee, former Crossmaglen manager would be a great one

sharpshooter23 (Westmeath) - Posts: 187 - 29/08/2014 14:20:34    1644141

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Tony McEntee....sweet jesus.

ohdeargod (UK) - Posts: 8 - 29/08/2014 14:51:08    1644162

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To be fair to Banty, when he was appointed in Meath he was one of the first if not the first outside manager appointed to manage the county senior team. He was vilified from many key figures within the county from the off. However, he did bring in key people like John Evans to the set up in the final months of his term. As bad as expectations are in Westmeath, they are much worse in Meath.

Everybody2014 (Westmeath) - Posts: 3 - 29/08/2014 15:06:16    1644171

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good pedigree with crossmaglen .. only throwing names around, we need a young manager . not a proven failure

sharpshooter23 (Westmeath) - Posts: 187 - 29/08/2014 15:06:42    1644172

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Agree with Everbody2014 regarding Banty and Meath - never stood a chance in the circumstances. Think he is big into large backroom teams etc which = dollars which should be enough to scare Westmeath CB away. Anthony Cunningham would be my local choice. I would like to see Luke Dempsey involved at some level. Surely we have to start appointing decent coaching teams to every development squad and allow some or all of the same people bring them through to minor. Declan Bonner the Donegal minor manager has been with the current group since 15's. Surely it's not rocket science but I hear there are cutting back big time with some of the development squads, not entering tournaments because of cost etc. So attracting the best local underage coaches is going to be hard.Maybe the current U13 set up in conjunction with Athlone IT will reap dividends ??

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 621 - 29/08/2014 16:20:28    1644226

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My money is still on Cunningham.

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1652 - 29/08/2014 16:51:20    1644255

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Would love to see Anthony Cunningham but he isnt an option unless he parts ways with Galway and I dont see that happening soon. He certainly wont be leaving Galway because of a burning desire to take over Westmeath! Tony McEntee was joint manager of Crossmaglen with Gareth O'Neill. I wouldnt go for him unless I had knowledge of how that arrangement worked and what role each of them played. For all we know it may have been O'Neill who was "the man" there.

Personally I think a "big name", costing a pile of money, would be wasted with this group of players. I just dont think we have the talent at the moment and as a result I would prefer someone to work with them long term to get some gradual improvement and nurture u21's and Minors into the team. Luke Dempsey stands out for me. He is very approachable, has a track record with working with young players which is very important in this day and age. He also knows a lot of the footballers within our County so it wouldnt take him long to assess who he wants from both a playing and management team perspective.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts: 482 - 29/08/2014 17:12:59    1644270

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I would have no problem with Banty I am sure he would do a good job and at least he has decent experience. He seems to be part of a group that will pass through and we won't be a a whole lot better or worse off when he disappears again. The common thread in the successful counties is that they are actually local or at least living in the county long term and actually care whether they win or not. If someone from outside has not won at least a county provincial title as a manager I would not have them on the shortlist.

wonit1time (Westmeath) - Posts: 450 - 02/09/2014 09:17:18    1646527

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That is spot on . Passion is key. Wasting our time and money on those managers doing the rounds. Players sense who has passion and who has not.

Baldy1 (Westmeath) - Posts: 54 - 02/09/2014 14:21:23    1646836

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rojo (Westmeath) - Posts: 28 - 03/09/2014 09:41:20    1647291

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