Meath selectors Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan quit

Seamus McEnaney (left) and Liam Harnan
Meath manager Seamus McEnaney (left) with former selector Liam Harnan

Selectors Liam Harnan and Barry Callaghan have resigned from the backroom team of Meath county football manager Seamus McEnaney.

A Meath county board statement said that the duo had quit their positions for "personal reasons".

There is speculation that they were unhappy over the circumstances surrounding Graham Geraghty's surprise return to the Meath panel.

Geraghty, 36, made his return to the Royals panel on Friday evening.

The former All-Ireland winning captain played in Friday's challenge win over Westmeath.

There are reports that McEnaney recalled Geraghty to the squad without consulting Harnan and Callaghan.

Harnan's endorsement played a crucial role in McEnaney being handed the Meath job last November.

There was a significant body of opinion in Meath which was decidedly unhappy with an outsider being appointed to the Royals role for the first time.

However, the Meath county board indicated at the time that Harnan would be groomed to succeed McEnaney in the post.

Curraha clubman Pat Coyle has been drafted into the Meath backroom team following the departure of Harnan and Callaghan.