Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lacey 'not approached' to replace Carew as new Lilywhite selector

Kieran McGeeney may not be in a position to finalise the details surrounding the appointment of a coach/selector for a number of weeks following the departure of Niall Carew, his trusted sidekick for the past five years.

McGeeney is on a break in the US and will be there for some weeks.

Carew's departure on Monday night came as a surprise given the close links he has built up with McGeeney over the past five years, when he remained a constant presence in the company of three different Armagh-based coaches that McGeeney had brought in.

Personal reasons and a desire to allow McGeeney to freshen up his management team were cited as reasons for Carew's departure in a statement, but, only two weeks earlier, Kildare County Board had ratified a new team that included Damien Hendy after John Rafferty's departure, while he was also involved in setting up U-21 trials last week.

Carew worked as a forwards' coach as well as a selector under McGeeney and the emphasis on a replacement may be a capability to work with forwards.

Former Kildare corner-back Brian Lacey is one of the early names mooted after he stepped down from a year-long coaching role with Limerick last week, but he told the Irish Independent last night that he had not been approached.

Irish Independent

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