Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

McGeeney and Moran in frame for Kildare post

It's not often that the semi-finals of the Kildare senior football championship creates a frisson of interest in Ulster.

But when the Moorefield v St Lawrence's and Clane v Sarsfields ties take place on Sunday, there could be as much interest taken in just who might be watching the games as in those who are participating in them.

With Kildare hoping to confirm a new football team boss, it would appear that ex-Armagh skipper Kieran McGeeney, former Derry, Sligo, Donegal and Mayo boss Mickey Moran, ex-Kerry boss Jack O'Connor and even Mick O'Dwyer are in the frame for the post.

It was former Kildare player John Croften who has been in charge for the past two years during which the Lily Whites have not quite delivered to the extent that had been hoped.

Croften stood down and now the Kildare county board expect to name his successor shortly. And while the speculation continues as to the possible identity of the new incumbent, Kildare PRO Alan Bell has given an insight to the situation.

"Our chairman Syl Merrins is in the process of sifting through applications and he will in time make a recommendation to our executive committee. Should his proposal be endorsed, it will then be brought to a full county board for the green light," explains Bell.

And what are the prospects of an Ulster face assuming command?

" As far as I understand it, Kieran McGeeney and Mickey Moran are in the frame along with others from elsewhere. But I will make this point - the county board officers have one particular person in mind whom they feel would be right for the job and if he is agreeable, then he will be rubber-stamped. We will wait and see what happens," maintains Bell.

Kildare lost to Meath in this year's Leinster Championship before being dismissed from the All Ireland Qualifiers by Louth.

They were without two of their most influential players, Killian Brennan and Dermot Early, this year and the feeling within the county is that if both were fully fit again then Kildare could hope to make a bold bid for the Leinster title.

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