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Grimley is favourite to take Armagh job

By John Campbell

Paul Grimley could yet be named as the new manager of Armagh in succession to Joe Kernan.

Grimley has tendered his resignation as Cavan No 2 and is clearly intent on securing the Orchard County post.

Having worked as Kernan's right hand man for five years, Grimley made the break last year when he opted to link up with Donal Keogan at Cavan.

And just recently Cavan officials understood that Grimley was committing himself to the Breffni County for another year.

But now that he has severed his connection with Cavan, it is thought that Grimley has taken a big step towards securing the Armagh post.

It is known that several clubs in the county have nominated the popular Pearse Og clubman for the post and Grimley would certainly relish working with the players, many of whom he has already got to know well during his association with the county team while Kernan was in charge.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Ireland and Guinness will no longer have naming rights to the All Ireland senior football and hurling championships and have been informed of this by the GAA.

The GAA informed both parties that it intends to split the sponsorship of football and hurling championships among three brands for each competition.

Such a move would be expected to see income for the championships top some €6.5 million a year compared to the current €3.5 million.

It remains unclear as yet whether Bank of Ireland or Guinness will be part of any new agreement. The fact that the perceived new sponsorship agreement will garner more money for the GAA is seen as an added bonus, given that the staging of international rugby and soccer matches at Croke Park is already proving a lucrative source of revenue for the GAA as a whole.

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