Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kildare players to issue statement on McGeeney today

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has left his position
Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has left his position

KILDARE players who met last night to discuss the sacking of manager Kieran McGeeney will issue a statement today

The meeting is reported to have gone on until the early hours of the morning and a statement is expected this afternoon.

McGeeney lost his job as the Kildare on Tuesday evening after a vote of club delegates by 29 to 28.

The Irish Independent flagged last week that there was growing discontent among clubs in the county at McGeeney's performance in recent years and that his future with the Lilywhites was in doubt.

The likes of Darragh ó Sé and Kevin McStay are already being touted as possible replacements.

Since taking over at Kildare in 2008, the Lilywhites made it to five All-Ireland quarter finals and were desperately unlucky to be beaten by Down in an All-Ireland semi-final in 2010.

A heavy defeat to Cork in 2012 was followed up by a 16- point drubbing at the hands of Dublin in this season's Leinster semi-final and an early exit from the Championship in the third round of the qualifiers in Newbridge.

Players expressed their disappointment after the decision was made on social media.

Kildare panellist Hugh Lynch tweeted afterwards: "So much for player power #gutted."

Daniel Flynn, who was blooded by McGeeney this year and was part of Kildare's Leinster under-21 winning team, tweeted: "Absolutely sick! Joke that people who haven't got a clue about what goes on behind the scenes have an input atal, let alone the final say!!."

Emmet Bolton, an All-Star nominee in 2011, tweeted: "Gutted that Kieran is gone. The effort he put in over the last 6years is beyond belief. It was a privilege to learn and work under him."

Kildare's captain in 2013, Naas player Eamonn Callaghan, tweeted: "I've never been ashamed in my life to be a Kildare footballer, until tonight!! #gutted."

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