Paul Grimley steps down

August 18, 2014

Paul Grimley has stepped down as Armagh boss after two years in charge, having spent the previous year as assistant to former Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke, who he replaced as senior boss in July 2012.

Fifty sixyear-old Paul tendered his resignation to The Management Committee of Armagh County Board saying that it was the right thing to do as he had stressed on his appointment two years ago that he would embark on a development process and that he thought that the process was ready to progress to another level.

Paul, who was assistant to Kieran McGeeney at Kildare then brought him into the Armagh set-up last October as a coach, with the former Kildare boss and Armagh All-Ireland winner hot favourite take over as the new Armagh manager.

Paul Grimley has been involved in management for 13 years can leave with his head held high and deserves great credit for the progress the Armagh team have made this year. Although Armagh were relegated to Division Three of the Football League in April they went on an impressive championship campaign restoring pride, passion and progress into the Orchard County jersey. Paul copped an awful lot of personal flak for the failed 2013 championship campaign but it is the measure of the man that he stuck to his task and turned the county’s fortunes right round. Grimley achieved his aim of “embarking on a development process” that has progressed Armagh as a leading fancy for the 2015 Ulster title and a force to be reckoned with once again

The Armagh County Board issued a statement “The Management Committee of Armagh County Board wish to acknowledge the contribution of Paul, in terms of his energy, commitment, loyalty, vision and selflessness to Armagh. Paul served Armagh as a player, Assistant Manager for two terms and eventually Manager. Paul Grimley is big in stature and gargantuan in his commitment to Armagh. On behalf of everyone involved in Armagh we extend a hearty thank you to Paul and wish him well.

Paul has asked for a period of rest and has expressed a desire to be able to relax with his family over the next few weeks