Sheridan answers Banty's call

by Michelle Fortune , 26 April 2012

Joe Sheridan has revealed it was a phone call from Seamus McEnaney that prompted him to return to the Meath football panel.

Sheridan quit inter-county football in March after securing a job in the construction industry in Boston, but he has returned to Ireland in order to help the Royals in the wake of their dismal Allianz Football League campaign.

Meath's poor record in 2012 culminated in their relegation to Division 3 and resulted in the county board putting forward a motion of no confidence in McEnaney.

The Monaghan native survived the vote and shortly after his success he contacted Sheridan to plead for his return.

"He rang me the night of the meeting and said 'listen I want you home, I need you home. Is there any chance you can come home? I'm not taking no for an answer'," Sheridan explained in the Sun.

"I was in two minds, I spoke to my family at home and a few different lads. It was hard to leave because there were a lot of opportunities over there.

"But after the way things went over the last few weeks, if I could do anything just to help out the lads then I said I would.

"Especially with all the negativity going around at the minute, if you could even just give a boost and try to give them a hand out.

"I can imagine the way the lads are feeling at the minute with the way the results went in the league and the mess that went on. I'd say their heads are wrecked and the abuse they are all getting, it's not fair."

Despite the motion of no confidence, McEnaney has been assured he has the full support of the county board and Sheridan has called for the issue to be forgotten to ensure Meath are focused on the upcoming Leinster SFC opener against Wicklow.

"It's amazing when one or two things start going wrong everything goes against you. When the confidence is down lads are not playing to their potential and there was stuff going on in the background," Sheridan added.

"As long as that is now all ironed out and everyone is going in the one direction then that's what you need. IT was a bit of a mess. The way it came out with Sean Boylan's name involved as well and that didn't help. I hope everyone can move on from it now.

"But having everyone working for the good of Meath football, that's what you want."

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