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McGeeney faces his old friend

KIERAN McGEENEY will lock his managerial horns with old sideline colleague, Paul Grimley, after Kildare were drawn to face Monaghan in the fourth round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

Kildare's emphatic 11-point dismantling of Derry in Clones on Saturday and Monaghan's Ulster final flop to Tyrone in Clones yesterday left the teams in opposing pots in last night's draw and the Lilywhite's were handed arguably the toughest of last 12 ties when they pulled out to face the Farney men.

Grimley, who was part of Armagh's backroom team when McGeeney captain the Orchard County to their only All-Ireland success in 2002, was added to McGeeney's backroom setup in Kildare on his appointment in 2008 but decided to walk away after two seasons. He was closely linked to the Orchard County senior post before Paddy O'Rourke's appointment but after failing to agree terms with the Armagh county board, subsequently accepted an offer from Seamus McEnaney to coach Monaghan.

Dublin and Louth will meet in an all-Leinster clash for a spot in the last eight while defeated Connacht finalists, Sligo will meet Down.

Limerick, meanwhile, will renew their rivalry with Cork with the winners booking a spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals against the four provincial champions.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 4: Louth v Dublin, Limerick v Cork, Monaghan v Kildare, Sligo v Down.

THE Donegal county board will begin the process of appointing a new senior football manager tonight, with the closing date for nominations passing today.

So far, only Jim McGuinness has publicly declared an interest in succeeding John Joe Doherty, who left after two years in the post following their All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Armagh.

McGuinness guided the county's under-21 team to an All-Ireland final earlier this year and is the raging hot favourite to get the job, though the board have remained tight-lipped about other possible candidates.

There have, however, been reports that current Kilmacud Crokes boss, Paddy Carr, has been approached by members of the board with a view to gauging his interesting in taking over.


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