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Wednesday 21 March 2018

McGeeney poised to join Barry in new role with Kildare U-21s

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KILDARE look set to reappoint Alan Barry as U-21 manager for a fourth successive season.

The Lilies are likely to ask the Sarsfields man to return after tentative enquiries to find a replacement came unstuck.

Former Offaly manager Tom Cribbin had been linked with the job, and it had been reported that Castledermot's Damien Hendy was set to take over, with Anthony Rainbow a selector -- but Rainbow has joined Luke Dempsey's backroom team in Carlow.

Now, Barry is the clear favourite to return to the post with senior boss Kieran McGeeney tipped to take on an official capacity with the side.

Barry initially took over the job for a three-year term in late 2008, with former All-Ireland final referee Mick Monahan and Eddie McCormack -- who won Leinster medals with the Lillies in 1998 and 2000 -- forming his backroom team.

Elsewhere, Meath manager Seamus McEnaney welcomed Cormac McGuinness back into the fold last weekend.

The classy Navan O'Mahonys man left the squad last year due to work commitments but lined out at full-back as the Royals overcame Armagh in a challenge game last Saturday night.

Defender Ciaran Lenehan picked up a shoulder injury on club duty over the weekend but he is expected to be fit for the start of the National League.

Irish Independent

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