Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Armagh boss Grimley's fortress plea

Armagh Manager Paul Grimley
Armagh Manager Paul Grimley

Armagh manager Paul Grimley is urging his team to restore the image of the Athletic Grounds as an intimidating fortress as he focuses on the forthcoming All Ireland first round qualifier tie against Wicklow.

And in a passionate plea to supporters, Grimley beseeches them to get behind the side for what is the most crucial tie of his reign to date against Wicklow.

"The Athletic Grounds was regarded as a fortress," recalls Grimley, "It was highly unusual for Armagh to suffer defeats there. Even in Clones the team always looked comfortable and were never seriously discomfited by having to play there. Obviously we have a different side now as we are in a transitional period but it's important that the players acquire the status that their predecessors. This will take time but it's a goal worth pursuing."

Grimley believes that the Armagh fans can play a big part in the team's rehabilitation.

"I want the loyal fans not only to come to the game in big numbers but to make their voices heard throughout," reflects Grimley on his side's chances.

"The players are very focussed and positive vocal backing will bring the best out of them, I'm sure of that."