Meath football manager Mick O’Dowd and his hurling counterpart Martin Ennis are to remain in charge of the Royals' inter-county sides for another year after both men received the unanimous backing of the county board.

O’Dowd, who succeeded Seamus McEnaney as Meath manager in October 2012, saw his charges narrowly miss out on promotion to the top tier of the Allianz Football League this season.

However, the Royals then suffered the ignominy of a first ever Leinster Championship defeat to neighbours Westmeath at the semi-finals stage after a second-half capitulation at Croke Park.

Meath fell at the first hurdle in the qualifiers as Tyrone progressed from their encounter at a sodden Healy Park.

O’Dowd’s appointment came despite Dunshaughlin’s Paddy Ward and Gerry Fitzpatrick of Simonstown Gaels pointing out that the county board was contravening stated rules by not permitting clubs to submit nominations for a new manager.

Meath’s hurlers recorded three wins and two defeats under Ennis in Division 2B of the Allianz Hurling League, while their Christy Ring Cup campaign ended with a quarter-final defeat to Kildare.