Grimley installed as new Armagh boss

The Armagh County Board have moved swiftly to install their new senior football manager, promoting Paddy O'Rourke's assistant Paul Grimley to the main role.

Grimley was provisionally confirmed as O'Rourke's successor at a meeting of the County Board in the Morgan Athletic Grounds last night.

He received 'unanimous support' from the club delegates present and is set to be ratified as the new Orchard boss by the County Board in the coming days.

Grimley served as assistant manager under Joe Kernan when Armagh made their All-Ireland breakthrough in 2002, and joined the O'Rourke-led management team last September.

The Pearse Og clubman has also had coaching stints with Cavan, Kildare, Monaghan and Meath, while he was reportedly close to taking the Arrmagh reins in 2009 - but one or two of his requests were not met.

He only sees himself as Armagh manager in a 'caretaker' capacity, suggesting earlier this month that one of the county's 2002 All-Ireland winners, including the likes of Kieran McGeeney, Tony McEntee, Justin McNulty and Aidan O'Rourke, should eventually take over on a full-time basis.

Brendan Hughes will be Grimley's assistant. A statement from the County Board extended their 'best wishes' to the pair.


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