Demand for Kieran McGeeney to return as Kildare boss
THE Kildare senior football squad have called for Kieran McGeeney – voted out of his manager's job on Tuesday night at a county board meeting – to be reinstated as manager.
A strongly-worded statement, carefully crafted over the course of the day with help from the Gaelic Players Association, began: "The Kildare Senior Football Panel wishes to express its extreme frustration and disappointment at the sacking of our manager Kieran McGeeney."
It continued: "Our County Board has let us down greatly throughout this process and our manager has been treated with a complete lack of respect and loyalty following his six years at the helm."
They appealed for Armagh legend McGeeney to be granted a return to his role when they requested: "Our ultimate wish is that last Tuesday night's decision is overturned and that negotiations are immediately opened with Kieran McGeeney to reinstate him and his management team for 2014."
The Kildare County Board came in for stinging criticism.
"The current County Board has been shown up to be dysfunctional and lacking in both leadership and unity.
"While the clubs are the heartbeat of the GAA and we do not wish to disrespect them or the people who work tirelessly within them, we do not feel that all club delegates voted in the best interest of the Kildare Senior Football Team, but based their decision on what served their clubs or personal agendas best."
Calls for a manager to be reinstated are unusual in GAA, and it is unlikely that McGeeney himself will have any appetite for a power struggle given that clubs are so divided on the issue, Armagh's 2002 All-Ireland winning skipper losing out by one vote.