Friday 22 September 2017

Kildare end McGeeney's six-year stint in hot seat

Colm Keys and Cliona Foley

Kieran McGeeney has been voted out as Kildare football manager after a dramatic night in Newbridge.

McGeeney lost a vote recommending him for one more year in charge by 29-28. It had been thought that he would be recommended for two more years.

The decision by the delegates of the Kildare County Board will cause some shock and not just in the county. McGeeney (right) had improved the fortunes of Kildare football immeasurably during his time in charge and, even after a difficult 2013, the expectation was that he would survive.

The meeting was divisive, with up to four members of the Kildare management committee openly voting against their own recommendation to keep the former Armagh manager for another term.

A letter from the players in support of McGeeney was read out and vocal support was also expressed from the floor by the chairman of the Kildare Supporters Club, Pat Mangan.

But it was all to no avail as McGeeney's six-year term was brought to end. The decision is likely to bring down the curtain on Johnny Doyle's career, while a number of other players may also consider their futures.

Four delegates are understood to have abstained, including the Moorefield club, who distanced themselves from the comments of one of their officers opposing McGeeney in a letter to a local newspaper.

A number of big clubs were against returning him after six years in which Kildare reached five All-Ireland quarter-finals and one semi-final.

Kildare will now seek nominations for the position but the shockwaves from last night are sure to reverberate for quite some time.

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