Friday 24 November 2017

McGeeney dual role 'no problem' for Grimley

Jackie Cahill

ARMAGH football manager Paul Grimley has insisted he has "no problem" with selector Kieran McGeeney's new role with the Tipperary hurlers.

Next season, McGeeney will work alongside Grimley, while also acting as a performance consultant for the Premier squad.

Grimley noted that operating with more than one team is now regular practice and he is happy with McGeeney's dual mandate.

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea has already confirmed that the vast majority of McGeeney's time will be spent with Armagh.

And Grimley revealed that McGeeney had flagged his intentions to work with both squads shortly after he vacated his Kildare post and linked up with Armagh.

"He told me about it from the very start and I have absolutely no problem with it,'' Grimley confirmed. "Eamon O'Shea is obviously a very, very shrewd manager if he has Kieran involved.

"I think it can only be a massive uplift for Tipperary in whatever role Eamon has him in to do. It's a good move for Tipperary and he (McGeeney) is entitled to go and do what he wishes to do. Double-jobbing is not uncommon.

"(Donegal manager) Jimmy McGuinness does it and there are guys working with county teams and university teams."


Grimley also believes that McGeeney's experience of a new camp – and a different code – could also benefit Armagh.

"Absolutely. It works both ways," he said. "He can bring something to our camp from the Tipperary camp that could benefit us. We're not afraid to learn up here."

Grimley, who was a member of the Armagh back-room staff in 2002 when McGeeney captained the team to All-Ireland SFC glory, stated that there were few better than the three-time All Star to prepare emotionally, physically and mentally for match-days.

"With Kieran, after anything was achieved, it was always about the next game and the next thing to be won,'' said Grimley.

"That's what drove him on, and even in 2002, when we won the All-Ireland, he had ample opportunity to reap what he sowed but he chose to concentrate on going out and winning it again.

"We got to the final in '03 and obviously we failed there but the winning mentality and drive that he has will be a help to Tipperary."

Meanwhile, Grimley has confirmed a number of new additions to an extended winter training panel as he looks ahead to the 2014 campaign.

"We have brought together a new squad – about 10 or 12 new lads in," he said. "They're all young, which is the way we're heading here. We have about 40 lads. We're up and running."

Irish Independent

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