Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Rafferty's the right man for Kernan

JOHN Rafferty is to be Joe Kernan's new right hand man in the Armagh team management set-up.

The man who took St Galls to this year's AIB All Ireland Club final - they lost to Nemo Rangers by a narrow margin at Croke Park on St Patrick's Day - is set to embark on a fresh chapter in what has proved an exciting career to date.

The man who took St Galls to this year's AIB All Ireland Club final - they lost to Nemo Rangers by a narrow margin at Croke Park on St Patrick's Day - is set to embark on a fresh chapter in what has proved an exciting career to date.

Rafferty's appointment has been confirmed by Kernan and he will become immersed in Armagh affairs immediately.



Rafferty will replace Paul Grimley who stepped down in the wake of the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kerry last month.

Grimley, a self-employed electrician, has since been linked with the vacant manager's position in Cavan.



His departure led to speculation that Kernan might also quit but the Crossmaglen man has confirmed that he is giving it one more year and so too is team trainer John McCloskey.



Rafferty was part of the Armagh side that made a major breakthrough by winning the Ulster championship title in 1999 under the captaincy of Jarlath Burns when Brian McAlinden and Brian Canavan formed the management team.

A tenacious player, Rafferty played at wing-back and also wing-forward during his term in the Armagh side.

After stepping down from the Orchard County panel, he continued to play with St Galls winning Antrim championship medals with the west Belfast side. Subsequently he became team manager and his feat in taking them into the All Ireland Club final this year testified to his management acumen.

Indeed, his name has been linked with a number of managerial positions in recent months.

However, now that he will be an integral part of the Armagh management set-up, he is looking forward to working with Kernan and team trainer John McCloskey.

The latter's confirmation that he is remaining on is certainly a bonus. His role has been hugely significant, his training methods having brought the Orchard County to new levels of stamina.

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