McDonnell awaits news on backroom
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
BOTH newly installed Armagh U21 manager Steven McDonnell and reinstated Senior county boss Paul Grimley are yet to appoint their backroom teams.
McDonnell was announced as the U21 manager over the Armagh County Board website and has received thousands of good luck tweets on his twitter account.
McDonnell has managerial experience at underage level at his club. And even while playing last season he took on a coaching role and helped his club Killeavy to capturing the Intermediate Club Championship.
The Killeavy man replaces Mattie Lennon, who has managed Armagh hurlers and Minors on previous occasions.
Killeavy crashed out to Maghery in the Senior Club Championship at the weekend and movement on the backroom team is expected in the next month.
Despite winning All-Ireland titles and reaching Ulster Finals at Minor level the Orchard County have been disappointing at U21 level over recent seasons.
McDonnell's appointment is expected to attract the top U21 players in the county and he won't have to look too far as his club-mate Ciaran O'Hanlon is a talented player.
Grimley will pick his own backroom team, while McDonnell will work alongside the County Board to see who will accompany him next season.
Peter McDonnell, Brendan Hughes and Martin McQuillian helped Grimley out this year but Grimley has previously hinted that he would like to bring in a younger manager, preferably from the 2002 All-Ireland winning squad and he is expected to relinquish his position at the end of next season.
John and Tony McEntee, Justin McNulty and Kieran McGeeney have been mentioned as potential replacements for Grimley, when the position becomes available, but whether they will be approached to serve a year as number two remains to be seen.
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