Thursday, September 09, 2021

MICHAEL McGeehin, Director of Sport Ireland Coaching, and a three man Sub Committee of the Co Board, Mick Gorman, Chairman, Colm Farrell, Vice Chairman and Alan Dunney, Co Treasurer, have been announced as the Selection Committee to find a new Kildare Senior Football Manager following the resignation of Jack O’Connor on Monday morning.

Michael McGeehin, who will assist Kildare GAA in the selection of a new Senior Football Manager Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne


The Selection Committee are inviting expressions of interest from candidates with a closing date for expressions on Friday 17 September at 5pm. Nominations received beyond the deadline will not be accepted, however, as announced by the Co Chairman at the September Co Board meeting on Tuesday night, it also lies within the remit of the Committee to identify potential candidates for the position.

The general criteria announced for consideration for the position has been announced as follows:

  1. Ability to plan:
  • Possess an ability to develop an appropriate game plan, including appropriate tactics and measurement of success.
  • Have ability to develop periodised operational plans that incorporate selection, injury, rehabilitation, communication, players returning to their clubs, discipline, conduct etc.
  1. Building a Management Team:
  • Possess an ability to establish a high performing management team, ability to delegate and justify all appointments with an understanding of Gaelic Football specific components.
  1. Management and Leadership: 
  • Possess experience and a positive track record in providing purpose, direction, and motivation to achieve success for the Kildare Senior Football Squad.
  • Have ability to influence the culture within the squad and instil the appropriate values and attributes for all involved.

Candidates will be shortlisted by the Selection Committee and will then be invited to present to the Committee based on the above criteria. Additional information will be provided to candidates prior to interview to assist them in preparing their presentation. Following interview, the preferred candidate will be brought to the Kildare GAA Management Committee for approval and County Committee for ratification.

Donegal man, Michael McGeehin has worked with such county teams as his native county as well as Clare, Mayo, Tipperary, Fermanagh, Limerick, and Laois as well as club teams throughout the country. He has also been involved with soccer clubs such as Finn Harps and Fanad United in Donegal. He works closely with the GAA in the development of their coach education and coach developer programmes and he has assisted a large number of County Committees in the recruitment and appointment of Senior Football Team Managers.

The Selection Committee will be supported by Kildare Co Secretary, Christine Murray and Operations Manager, Cormac Kirwan.


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