Four in the hunt for Armagh job

Paul Grimley and John Rafferty are believed to be amongst the four men to have been interviewed for the vacant position of Armagh senior football manager.

Paul Grimley and John Rafferty are believed to be amongst the four men to have been interviewed for the vacant position of Armagh senior football manager.

The race is certainly on to replace Joe Kernan, who resigned last month after six years in the Orchard county hot seat.

Armagh County Board chairman Kevin Brady said they should be in a position to appoint Kernan's successor "later this month or early next month."

Grimley and Rafferty, who were both selectors under Kernan, are in the running for the job, while former Crossmaglen manager Michael McConville and Armagh Under-21 boss Peter McDonnell are also in contention having been interviewed.

Kildare were hoping to lure Kernan into taking charge of their senior footballers but in ruling himself out of the equation, he said: "If I was to go into management again I could not see myself doing a job outside my own county."

Meanwhile, former player Malachy O'Rourke has emerged as the front runner to replace Charlie Mulgrew as manager of the Fermanagh senior football team.

A school teacher in Enniskillen, O'Rourke has reportedly been nominated by several clubs for the role. He currently manages club side Cavan Gaels. Former Donegal, Derry, Sligo and Mayo supremo Mickey Moran could be one of his main rivals for the Erne county job.

The Fermanagh County Board have put a sub-committee in place to manage the application and interview process.

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