Armagh reshuffle for 2016

November 9, 2015

Armagh has reshuffled their coaching staff for the 2016 campaign with the changes ratified at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Armagh County Board.

All-Ireland winning All-Star Aidan O’Rourke will join Kieran McGeeney as his assistant in the senior football set-up. Aidan the former Louth boss (who led them to two league victories over Armagh) was in charge of the Armagh minor team this year. The Dromintee native served as assistant to his 2002 All-Ireland winning captain at Kildare in 2010 and 2011 was also assistant to James McCartan at Down. Aidan is the GAA Development Officer at Queen’s University.

Senior manager Kieran McGeeney will also manage the U21 team in 2016 where he will be joined by Armagh Ulster winning manager Peter McDonnell with Martin McQuillan and fellow All-Ireland winning team-mate Diarmuid Marsden as involved in the U21 management team for the forthcoming year. Kieran takes over the U21 reins from Steven McDonnell, who stepped down after 2 years to concentrate on management with his club Killeavy.

Armagh, who will take on Cavan at Kingspan Breffni Park in the 2016 Ulster Championship Quarter-final, first face a Division Two league campaign having won Division Three last year and will be looking for successive promotions. It will be interesting to see what new blood will be added to the panel for 2016 with Finnian Moriarty retired from inter-county football and Caolan Rafferty out through overseas work commitments.