Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

McGeeney to stay with Kildare for at least one more year

Kieran McGeeney will see out his three year stint with Kildare so effectively ruling himself out of the running for the vacant managerial post with Armagh.

McGeeney, an inspirational figure with the Orchard county for well over a decade, has turned Kildare’s fortunes around in the space of two years and he’s determined to see the job through.

It was never going to be a difficult decision to make. With Paul Grimley at his side, the Lily Whites have been transformed into a side capable of challenging for the top honours.

On McGeeney’s own admission they are still a work in progress and there was never any danger of him walking away with the job only half done.

When aspiring managers sit back and look at the manner in which former manager Peter McDonnell was treated they are entitled to have second thoughts.

Until the dust settles and some kind of unity emerges in Armagh aspiring managers will tread carefully.

Armagh supporters and especially those who write anonymously to newspapers would do well to remember that no county is guaranteed success.

It’s no county’s right. For instance look at the population of Dublin and they are now as far away from lifting the Sam Maguire as ever.

Those most vociferous in their criticism of McDonnell would do well to remember that the comments he made were true, not something he imagined.

Those who accuse him of not blooding former under 21 players conveniently overlook the fact that against Monaghan in the qualifiers no fewer than nine actually started the match.

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