Thursday 18 January 2018

We deserved vote in ballot to save McGeeney – Club Kildare

Kieran McGeeney was ousted on a vote of 29-28
Kieran McGeeney was ousted on a vote of 29-28
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The fundraising arm of Kildare GAA has sent a letter to the county board demanding to know why their representative at last week's meeting that ousted Kieran McGeeney as manager was not entitled to a vote.

Club Kildare believe their representative on the night, chairman Pat Mangan, was entitled to a vote as they are now an officially recognised sub-committee of the board.

As strong supporters of McGeeney and his management team, the fundraising body's single vote would have tied the overall vote recommending him to remain in charge for a further year.

A casting vote by chairman John McMahon, who was also supportive of McGeeney staying, would have saved the former Armagh captain by the slimmest of margins.

Club Kildare reached agreement with the board and Croke Park last year over this status, and it was acknowledged as a key element of the efforts to improve the county's parlous financial situation.

It is believed that voting rights at board level may have been part of that agreement.

Croke Park have been insisting over the past number of years that supporters' clubs throughout the country become proper sub-committees of county boards.

Mangan spoke strongly in favour of keeping McGeeney at last week's divisive meeting and his body are now awaiting a response.

The supporters' club in Kildare have been influential since the days when Mick O'Dwyer first came to the county as manager in 1990.

Even with that extra vote it is unlikely that McGeeney would have stayed, with such fragile backing.

Efforts by the players to open negotiations to have him re-instated look like they will run out of steam as is it not expected he will return under any circumstances.

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