Meath manager Seamus McEnaney has described dropping to the third tier of the Allianz Football League as hugely disappointing, but believes he can lead a revival this summer in the Championship.

McEnaney, in the second year of his tenure with the Royals, has struggled to make progress so far and a humiliating defeat to Louth on Sunday ensured relegation to Division 3.

The Meath boss has admitted that the players have not been responding to their management team in the latter part of the league and the task ahead is a big one in the coming weeks.

He told RTÉ: “It is hugely disappointing. It wasn’t my script to come up and manage Meath and be relegated to Division 3. It is the manager’s responsibility to get the best out of the players.

"Unfortunately over the last few games, we have struggled to do that. They are a good group of lads and they are absolutely gutted.

“Things can always be turned around. It is a case that in a month’s time in the Championship that the league will be behind every team and the Championship is all the counts.

“We have been working very hard and we’ve been very disappointed with the last three or four performances. We haven’t produced in the last few games.

"When you lose games and you’re relegated to Division 3, it is always difficult. It is certainly not the result you would like in the last game of the Allianz Football League so it is obviously a difficult scenario."