Times a changin’ in Armagh
Armagh may yet adopt a new policy governing the appointment of future county team managers at all levels.
In a surprise development, the Management Committee will table a proposal to next Wednesday’s full county board meeting outlining a completely new selection formula.
If adopted, the formula will then become the template for all team management appointments in all codes.
The Management Committee at its most recent meetings undertook a detailed root and branch review of Armagh’s performances spanning this year to date and decided that, given the importance attached to finding a replacement at senior team level in particular, a fresh overall approach is required.
Accordingly, its proposal suggests that a committee comprising the county chairman Kevin Brady and secretary Patrick Og Nugent along with a high-profile Ulster GAA personality with no links to the county, a former Armagh player still to be nominated and a club delegate who is not currently serving on any committee affiliated to the county board should be established to oversee managerial appointments.
The Management Committee took the view that the existing structures may have been unwieldy, although of course there is no guarantee that there will be a change to the status quo — next Wednesday’s meeting may determine that.
The committee’s proposal will certainly generate lively debate at the full board meeting as speculation intensifies within Armagh as to just who McDonnell’s successor might be.
There is considerable grassroots support within the Orchard county for Kildare No 2 Paul Grimley to be installed now that Kieran McGeeney has reaffirmed his commitment to the Lily Whites’ cause.
But Grimley is hardly likely to be enticed away from his partnership with the former All Ireland winning Armagh captain, particularly after Kildare’s stirring charge into the All Ireland quarter-finals and battling display against Tyrone.