Nick Fitzgerald has stepped down as Meath hurling manager after two years in charge of the Royals.

Fitzgerald said he was unable to accept the County Board's offer of extending his time in charge due to work commitments, and informed the players this morning of his decision to step away.

Meath will play in the Joe McDonagh Cup next season after defeating Down 4-19 to 2-15 in this year's Christy Ring final.

In Fitzgerald's first year in charge, Meath suffered relegation from the Joe McDonagh Cup after losing all five games in the competition.

"Moving forward, I have a business that continues to thrive outside of Ireland and Britain as well as other parts of Europe," Fitzgerald said in a statement released by Meath GAA.

"The build-up of the travel time involved with this continues to grow and these additional time pressures will see me out of the country more often.

"When you have players giving the total commitment you need to match or indeed exceed at that level. This is where I would fail in 2020 if I continued as manager."