Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

McGeeney is ready to go in for the Kil

By John Campbell

Published 26/09/2007

It would appear that former Armagh All Ireland winning skipper Kieran McGeeney is, after all, set to be named as Kildare's new senior football manager after meeting with county chairman Syl Merrins.

McGeeney has been offered the chance to succeed John Crofton in the hot seat and is understood to have reacted positively.

However, it remains to be seen whether former Cavan trainer and Armagh selector Paul Grimley will join McGeeney in the Kildare think-tank.

Last week Kildare PRO Alan Bell intimated that an announcement on the appointment of a new boss would be made 'within the week' and in this context Kildare are right on schedule.

McGeeney is understood to have been disappointed not to have been invited as a member of Peter McDonnell's backroom team in his role as new Armagh boss.

And while McGeeney seems about to make his entrance into the management sphere, a long-serving incumbent could be facing a temporary ban.

Cork football supremo Billy Morgan could be suspended if he is found guilty of verbally abusing an official during this month's Bank of Ireland All-Ireland SFC final defeat to Kerry and that may carry with it a six month suspension from the game.

The Rebel County boss is expected to seek a hearing at Croke Park to defend himself against the charge, but that may not happen for several weeks.

Meanwhile, Mayo is mourning the death of former midfield maestro Eamon Mongey who was a key member of their 1950-51 All-Ireland football winning sides.

The Castlebar native, who was 82, also won four successive Connacht medals between 1948 and '51 and played in the 1948 All-Ireland final which Mayo lost to Cavan. He was vice-captain to Sean Flanagan when Mayo defeated Louth and Meath respectively to win back-to-back Sam Maguire Cups in 1950 and 51.

Eamon played for Castlebar Mitchels along with his brothers, the late Billy and Finn and he made his Mayo senior debut at just 16. As well as achieving provincial and All-Ireland success, he won two National League medals and numerous county championships with Castlebar.

He retired from football in 1955 following Mayo's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin. The Mayo legend also played club football with Civil Service after moving to the capital, where he worked as registrar in the High Court.

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