Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Back-page-3-SepPlayers want Geezer to stay

but clubs to vote against him

The Kildare GAA county board want to keep Kieran McGeeney as senior football manager but the clubs may yet vote down their proposal.

Club delegates from across the county will meet as normal tonight (3 September) for their monthly county board meeting but the Kildare manager is likely to be top of the agenda.

The position is up for renewal after McGeeney completed his second three-year term in charge. The meeting could witness a clash between the board and some of the biggest clubs in the county as they decide McGeeney’s future. St Laurence’s, Moorefield and Sarsfields could well be among the clubs to go against the board. It’s understood that McGeeney could yet decide to walk away from Kildare if he feels the clubs won’t support him continuing in the job.

However the county players are firmly in favour of keeping the Armagh man in charge.

Eadestown’s Emmet Bolton spoke on RTE’s Championship Matters last week about his belief that Kieran McGeeney should be kept on and he reiterated that view after the weekend.

“We’re 100 per cent behind Kieran and the management team and 100 per cent believe he is the right man for the job,” said Bolton. “We 100 per cent believe that the current management team are the right people to get us over the line. People have to remember where Kildare were before Kieran came in – he got us to five quarter-finals and a semi-final.

“We have a fantastic underage set up at the minute and some really good underage players coming through. We 100 per cent believe he is the right man for the job and we really do hope that the county board make the right decision for Kildare and for Kildare football.”

The players have been unequivocal in their support of McGeeney but that viewpoint is not shared by some of the county’s biggest clubs. They will look to make a counter-proposal that the county board consider other candidates for the managerial position.

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We’re 100 per cent behind Kieran and the management team and 100 per cent believe he is the right man for the job"

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