There is delight among the Armagh supporters as Kieran McGeeney is “coming home” to take up a vital role with the Orchard counties management team.
Armagh boss Paul Grimley secured the former Kildare manager just hours before John Ryan, McGeeneys number two at Kildare was announced as the new Lillywhites manager.
McGeeney had previously expressed an interest in returning to Armagh, the county he captained to All-Ireland glory in 2002.
The news that he will now join an already strong management team of Grimley, Martin McQuillan and Peter McDonnell has set off a flow of confidence among the Armagh supporters.
McGeeney’s strength and conditioning coach in Kildare, Julie Davis, has also been added to Armagh back room.
“Kieran is hugely popular in Armagh for obvious reasons and is regarded as an icon here,” states Grimley, “He will prove a huge asset and obviously he will have an important role to play.
“I have already indicated that I will be putting the emphasis on strengthening our panel and in this respect I have undertaken an extensive assessment of resources over the course of the county championship.”
During McGeeney’s time as a player with Armagh, he won the Ulster championship on six occasions (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006).
He also won three All Stars awards (1999, 2000 and 2002) along with receiving the 2002 Texaco Footballer of the Year award.
McGeeney retired from inter-county football in 2007 and took up his role as Kildare manager that same year.