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McGeeney extends his Lilies stay until 2013

Published 16/09/2010 | 05:00

KIERAN McGeeney is to continue as Kildare manager up to the end of 2013, bringing his stint with the Lilywhites to six years -- providing he sees out the term.

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The Kildare executive has recommended his reappointment for a further three years and it will be ratified at the next county board meeting.

Kildare chairman Padraig Ashe said McGeeney's reappointment would bring stability to the county at a time of real hope for the future.

"Ideally, we would have loved to be preparing for the All-Ireland final this week and, with a bit of luck that's what we'd be doing.

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"Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, so we were anxious to put everything in place to give us the best possible chance for next year. Having Kieran back with us will be a huge help in that regard," he said.

McGeeney took over for what was his first managerial post at the start of the 2008 season and, while Kildare lost to Wicklow in his opening championship outing, the graph has been upward since.

The highest point was reached this year when, after losing to Louth in the Leinster quarter-final, they recovered via the qualifiers to reach the All-Ireland semi-final against Down.

However, a controversial Down goal proved decisive, leaving Kildare down, out and disappointed.

Irish Independent

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