Tuesday 21 November 2017

McGeeney to be ratified for sixth year in Kildare

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney.
Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney.

Kieran McGeeney is expected to be confirmed as Kildare football manager for a sixth year at a county board meeting tonight.

However, McGeeney looks set be without an Armagh assistant for the first time since he took charge of the county in late 2007.

John Rafferty is not expected to be part of the back-room team in 2013, with at least one or possibly two 'local' selectors coming in.

Rafferty was the third successive Armagh assistant that McGeeney had called upon over the five years, having first worked with Paul Grimley for two years and then Aidan O'Rourke for a further two years.

McGeeney is also expected to assume control of running the U-21 team which has been looked after by Alan Barry in recent years.

Meanwhile, Cian O'Neill could be set for a return to Tipperary hurling despite being linked with a coaching role with Kerry football in 2013.

O'Neill was involved in James Horan's Mayo back-room team this season as they reached the All-Ireland final.

But due to pressures of travel from his Limerick base, he has ceded his involvement with the Connacht champions.

A move to Kerry has been flagged, but Eamonn O'Shea's return to Tipperary as manager last week has intensified speculation that O'Neill will return to the Premier county, where he spent four years as strength and conditioning coach, three under Liam Sheedy -- when O'Shea was coach -- and a further year under Declan Ryan.

Irish Independent

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