Kieran McGeeney ratified as manager for another year

September 19, 2016

Kieran McGeeney will be remaining on as Armagh football manager in 2017 following a meeting of the Armagh County Committee. Armagh’s disappointing 2016 injury hit season would have had McGeeney and his assistant Aidan O’Rourke under pressure from a lot of quarters but they have been given a vote of confidence by the Armagh GAA board.

The Orchard supremo has relinquished his managerial role with the county’s Under-21s which has now be taken by former county senior boss Peter McDonnell with ex-county stars Martin McQuillan and Diarmuid Marsden as his assistants.

This will be Kieran’s fourth year of involvement having served as Paul Grimley’s Armagh assistant in 2014 before taking on the main managerial role in 2015 and guided Armagh to the Division Three Football League title in his first year in charge 2015. A comprehensive Ulster Championship defeat by Donegal was followed by an early qualifiers exit against Galway which ended the promising year on a negative.

Armagh then endured a disappointing 2016 as they suffered relegation back to Division Three before an opening 2-16 to 0-14 Ulster SFC defeat by Cavan was followed by a unique situation when Laois’ initial 1-10 to 0-10 win over Armagh had to be replayed after the Leinster county was found to have played one substitute too many but Laois also won the replay 1-11 to 1-10.

Having surveyed the Armagh championships, it will be interesting to see if there will be any “new additions” for the 2017 campaign. The Provisional National Football League fixtures has given Armagh 4 home and 3 away matches in what will be a very competitive division and a lot harder than last time out to regain Division Two status. Armagh begin with a trip to Sligo (Sun Feb 5) which ended in defeat on their last visit. Championship conquerors Laois visit the Athletic Grounds on (Sat Feb 11). An away day in Longford (Sun Feb 26) in round three is followed by a visit from promoted Offaly on Sun March 5. A short trip to Louth on Sun March 19 is followed by a visit from Division Four champions Antrim. The last game of the campaign has Tipperary at the Athletic Grounds on Sun April 2.