Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kildare chief insists second McGeeney vote 'supposition'

Kieran McGeeney
Kieran McGeeney
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILDARE chairman John McMahon has indicated that it will be early next week before he and the county executive make a formal response to their senior footballers' explosive statement on the ousting of manager Kieran McGeeney.

He would not comment on speculation that there could yet be a second vote on McGeeney's future, after the Armagh man was ousted by the margin of just a single vote at this week's county board meeting.

"We are working on dealing with the reality of the situation so there is no point talking about what is pure supposition," McMahon said when the Irish Independent asked him if the executive would contemplate calling for a second vote, given that it was so close (29-28) and there were five absentees and four abstentions on Tuesday.

In a hard-hitting statement that was highly critical of the county executive and also accused some of their clubs of serving "personal agendas", the players have asked for the decision to be overturned and for the board to immediately reopen negotiations with McGeeney and reinstate him.

There has been speculation that, given the closeness of the vote, some clubs might vote differently in a second ballot.

McMahon said he had not received any request from the players for a meeting and said the county board needed the weekend to formulate their response.

McGeeney was unavailable for comment yesterday but the team's strength and conditioning coach Julie Davis posted a tweet saying "this says it all" alongside a photo captioned 'never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn'.

Meanwhile, Jim McGuinness sat down with representatives of all of Donegal's senior and intermediate clubs last night to try to find some consensus on their 2014 club championship schedule. The timing of local championship fixtures is one of the main stumbling blocks to McGuinness staying on.

* Killeshandra Leaguers GFC will host their annual 'Loop the Lakes' 7km trail race and family fun run today (12.0) in aid of Pieta House and Sosad. Registration for the trek towards Killykeen Forest Park is open from 10.30pm.

Irish Independent

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