Thursday 18 January 2018

Kildare football panel meet after McGeeney’s shock ousting

Former Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney
Former Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney

THE Kildare football panel met tonight following the shock decision by the county board not to extend Kieran McGeeney’s term as manager.

In a statement released by the GPA on behalf of the players this afternoon, it was confirmed that they will meet tonight before issuing a response.

"In light of the Kildare County Board’s decision not to extend Kieran McGeeney’s term as manager in last night's vote, despite the expressed support of the Kildare Senior Football squad for the manager’s retention, the panel will hold a meeting tonight to discuss issue further and formulate a response,” it said.

The meeting comes after the chairman of the county board today said the ousted manager deserved another year with the Lilywhites.

"Well in my opinion he did deserve another term,” Chairman John McMahon told the Herald today.

“There is new talent coming through in Kildare.

“That is not going to be the case now for Kieran to bring that talent to hopefully achieve success, so that is incumbent on us all now to drive things on and maximise the potential that is in Kildare."

Reacting to last night’s 29-28 ballot against Kieran McGeeney staying on as manager, McMahon remarked: "It was brought back to the clubs, the clubs had their say last night, and with their say comes responsibility.

“It's a difficult one to swallow, so I'm not sure what brought it back against Kieran.

“The clubs just voted that they felt that it was time for a change."

Instead of focussing on Kildare's failure to land a Leinster title during ‘Geezer’s’ six years at the helm, McMahon said the focus should be on what "has been achieved in these last six years. It's not as if we were winning Leinster titles and All-Ireland titles regularly - far be it from the case.

"He has lifted the profile of Kildare to new levels, which is evident indeed from the coverage that the news last night has raised, with all the sports programmes, etc, this morning."

The chairman confirmed that the players' support for McGeeney was taken into consideration at last night's meeting.

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