Geezer the gaffer

September 1, 2014

When Paul Grimley had the vision and magnitude to appoint 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winning Captain Kieran McGeeney as his coach last year, the Pearse Og man also knew that he was also appointing his successor, whenever he decided to leave his post. Surprisingly, after a very successful championship campaign which ended in an All-Ireland quarter final defeat at the hands of Ulster Champions, Donegal by the minimum margin, Big Paul called time after two years at the helm. Paul, on his appointment as manager, had stressed that he would embark on a development process and that he thought that the process was ready to progress to another level under someone else’s guidance.

The often much maligned Armagh County Board acted swiftly and decisively by confirming the appointment of Kieran McGeeney as manager of the senior football team for a fixed term of five years, which was unanimously ratified at a county board meeting held on Wednesday night last.

Armagh said in a statement on their website: “The County Board would like to express our best wishes to Kieran, his backroom team and to our senior team as they continue to build on their recent progress.”The County Board hope that under Kieran McGeeney’s leadership this promising team can achieve the success yearned for by the county and its loyal supporters.” The length of contract shows the Boards confidence in the Mullaghbawn native won six Ulster titles during his 15-year playing career and also represented and captained Ireland in the International Rules series.

As of yet there has been no announcement from the new Armagh manager as to who will make up his backroom team. Will the old faces remain or will any of the class of 2002 who have picked up a few managerial accolades form part of the new set-up.  Speculation will be rife until Geezer the Gaffer lays his cards on the table which will be met with the same wave of enthusiasm, expectancy and positivity that has abounded since what was “Common knowledge” was confirmed with due aplomb, in what are very positive times for Armagh football.