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Paddy Tierney

Kieran McGeeney to remain as Armagh manager after agreeing one-year extension

Kieran McGeeney will remain in charge of the Armagh senior footballers for the 2023 campaign after being handed a one-year extension by the county board.

Having been appointed ahead of the 2015 after serving one year as Paul Grimley’s assistant, the former All-Ireland winning captain will manage his native county for a ninth successive year.

That makes ‘Geezer’ the second-longest serving manager on the inter-county circuit behind Clare boss Colm Collins.

Read more: From Tullysaran to Tralee: How two Armagh men helped Kerry win the Sam Maguire

On Monday night, the Armagh county board voted unanimously to give McGeeney a one-year extension as manager.

It is understood that Kieran Donaghy and Ciaran McKeever will also remain in place as coaches for next season.

The Orchard County will be hoping they can build on a promising year which saw them comfortably retain their Division One status in the Spring.

Hope was high in the county that they could end a 14-year wait for an Ulster Championship title, but Armagh fell flat in their quarter-final battle with Donegal in Ballybofey.

As was the case in previous years, McGeeney’s men redeemed themselves in the Qualifiers as stunning back-to-back victories over the-then All-Ireland champions Tyrone and Donegal sealed their place in the last eight of the All-Ireland series.

The line-up for the quarter-finals kept the likes of Kerry, Dublin and Mayo on the other side of the draw with Armagh pitted against Galway.

The counties played out one of the most memorable games of the Championship with a melee at the end of normal time following a stunning free-kick from Rian O’Neill to bring the game to extra-time.

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney shakes hands with Galway manager Pádraic Joyce following the memorable quarter-final clash between the sides in Croke Park in June. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

The Tribesmen booked their place in the semi-final following a dramatic penalty shoot-out before seeing off Ulster champions Derry in the last four. Pádraic Joyce’s men then found Kerry too good in the All-Ireland decider.

While Armagh’s Championship didn’t pan out the way they’d hoped, there will renewed confidence within the squad that they are able to compete with the best teams in Ireland while the aforementioned O’Neill is in contention for an All-Star award along with goalkeeper Ethan Rafferty.


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