Grimley backs McGeeney
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley has reiterated his stance that Kieran McGeeney is the best man to carry out on his work and hinted that he may stand down before the start of next season, writes Steve Malone.
Speaking after Saturday's defeat to Donegal he said it is irrelevant who is in charge of Armagh right now and that he has due process to go through, such as speaking to the County Board.
“There is no better man to lead Armagh forward than Kieran McGeeney. Whether that is the case or not is irrelevant at the moment. I have made my position clear before the day and hour I took over this job but I have to talk to a lot of people before I make it public," said Grimley.
“I will have to speak to the management team and the County Board.
“Whether I am involved or not is completely irrelevant at this stage, these boys have made good progress and well keep that going and McGeeney is the man to keep that going."
And while disappointed with exiting the Championship at the quarter final stage he believes that the Orchard County are now on the right track for future success.
“When I took over I said it would take three to four years and I still think that is the case. You have to go through days like today to learn how to close games out," he said.
“You can't do that in training. You have to go through these things. Armagh before we got success at national level we had to go through that for four or five years and this team certainly went through it today.
“Once we start maturing in that sense we probably have another wee bit of work to do such as resource new players.
“There is a big age gap with maybe eight or nine years between them. There is great work being done behind the scenes in the county at development, Minor and U21 level, so as long as that keeps going we will get to where we want to be," he said.
“This mission is on course but you can relax and say the job is done and you can never be happy, because the day you are happy is the day you should leave the job. We are always looking to improve and look to the future.
“For too long we were in limbo land and we brought young players in and it will take a while but we are starting to reap what we have sowed."
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