Kildare chairman John McMahon says he expects a decision on the future of Kieran McGeeney to be made within a week.
Speculation has grown on whether McGeeney will stay on as Lilywhites manager for another term since his charges tamely bowed out of the All-Ireland race at the hands of Cork in the quarter-finals on August 5.
Despite the whopping 2-19 to 0-12 defeat by the Rebels and former Armagh star’s already served five years at the helm, the county board executive and clubs are in favour of McGeeney remaining on.
“We are expecting to make a decision with regard to Kieran McGeeney’s position very soon,” said McMahon.
“In fact, I would say that we will have some definite news about the senior football manager position within the next week. We’ve had discussions with Kieran, and at the moment, the i’s are being dotted and the t’s are being crossed, so the process is ongoing.
“Kieran has the backing of the executive and the clubs so it’s up to him to decide whether he wishes to continue in the position.”
McGeeney was reported to be influenced by the level of support for him by his players. And already veteran forward Johnny Doyle, this year’s Kildare captain, has voice significant backing for the Mullaghbawn native.
“It’s massive for us that Kieran stays on. Maybe from the outside looking in you might think managers are judged by results, and that we didn’t win a whole lot. You would have to agree with that and players and managers would feel the same.
“But to be involved and to see the levels of professionalism he brings and the extremes that he goes to in an attempt to achieve things is just phenomenal. I think for the benefit of Kildare going forward it’s massive that Kieran stays, and we’d be hoping that he would do that.”
McGeeney took over in the Kildare hot seat from former Lilywhite ace John Crofton in September 2007 and the only silverware he has orchestrated for his side is a Division 2 title. But in last year’s championship, Kildare were agonisingly edged by Donegal in extra time in the quarter-finals, with now axed ace Kevin Cassidy grabbing the winning point.
Like McGeeney’s situation, the position of the Kildare hurling manager, Wexford native Willie Sunderland, is set to be clarified within the next week.
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