Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Grimley’s ready to drive Monaghan glory bid

Paul Grimley

Paul Grimley has been given a warm welcome in Monaghan having confirmed that he will now work alongside manager Seamus McEnaney in a bid to bring Ulster title success to the county.

And the former Armagh assistant manager could now find himself enjoying an early bonus following his induction into the Monaghan management set-up.

The Clontibret side which he coaches has now reached the county senior football championship final in which they are due to meet reigning champions Latton and Grimley, whose own club Pearse Og are already through to the Armagh semi-finals in which they will meet Clan Eireann, is currently preparing his blueprint for the decider.

Clontibret, with Monaghan county team forward Conor McManus currently in scintillating form, beat Magheracloone on Sunday in the last four having conquered their great rivals Castleblayney Faughs the previous week in the quarter-final.

But while Grimley focuses on possible Monaghan championship success, he has expressed the belief that he might now never get the chance to manage Armagh.

“I was unhappy with the way things worked out for me two years ago when Peter McDonnell was appointed and things do not appear to have changed much since then. Peter left under something of a cloud and while I hope that Armagh get the best possible candidate to fill the post, I don’t think that I will now have the chance to manage Armagh in the future but at the same time never say never,” says Grimley, who was always hugely popular with the Armagh players when he was No 2 to Joe Kernan.

And while Grimley immerses himself more fully in Monaghan affairs, Kernan has made it clear that he will compile a strong backroom team in his new role as Galway boss.

Kernan returned from Spain at the weekend and went straight to Galway where he was accorded a VIP welcome when he attended the Salthill/Knockacarra v Corofin football championship semi-final.

“I was delighted with the way in which people approached me and wished me well. There is an obvious yearning for success and I just hope that I can deliver. There is a lot of hard work ahead,” said Kernan.

Salthill/Knockacarra have provided several members of the Galway county squad in recent seasons and the team thwarted the ambitions of the then Antrim and Ulster champions St Galls when they triumphed in the All Ireland Club final on St Patrick’s Day three years ago at Croke Park.

Kernan is also expected to attend the forthcoming Galway county championship final.

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