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Two year extention as Armagh Manager for Kieran McGeeney

Kieran McGeeney, the 2002 Armagh All-Ireland-winning captain was “unanimously” given the nod to continue as manager of Armagh for the next two seasons, after the County Board extended his term at a Board meeting last week. Having consolidated their Division Two League status following promotion.

Geezer guided Armagh to their first Ulster SFC win for five years in May with an extra-time win over Down in Newry. A replayed defeat to Cavan in the semi-final saw Armagh embark down the qualifier route where they beat Monaghan before narrowly losing out to Mayo in Castlebar.

Kieran will be hoping that the Armagh championships which have just got underway will not alone reveal some hidden talent but that the championships will help to give the growing crop of young players the opportunity to further enhance their growing reputations as well as giving them some big time game experiences. Rian O’Neill and Jarly Óg Burns both excelled in their first year and the Orchard manager is expected to blood some more players over the course of the Allianz National League.

Travel in the Division Two League 2020 will be less than last year as Tipperary and Cork have dropped down replaced by Westmeath and Laois whilst promoted Meath and Donegal will be replaced by relegated Roscommon and Cavan. Kildare, Fermanagh and Clare complete the Division Two League teams which Armagh will face. So there will be a fair contrast of styles in the league as 3 Ulster, 3 Leinster. I Connacht and 1 Munster counties battle it out for a place in Division One. 

At the same meeting Armagh’s hurling boss Padraig O’Connor was re-appointed by the Armagh County Committee.