McGeeney takes over as Kildare manager

Armagh's 2002 All-Ireland winning captain Kieran McGeeney was officially appointed as manager of the Kildare senior footballers at last night's meeting of the Kildare County Board.

Having only retired from inter-county football last month, McGeeney takes over the Lilywhites role from John Crofton, who resigned from the position in July following a disappointing championship campaign.

Kildare chairman Syl Merrins' proposal to ratify McGeeney was accepted by club delegates at last night's meeting, heralding a new era for both the county and the 35-year-old Mullaghbawn man.

He is expected to call on Crofton and Paul Grimley to form part of his backroom staff.

Grimley was formerly an Armagh assistant.

During his 17-year playing career, McGeeney won six Ulster titles, a single All-Ireland crown with Armagh, as well as three All-Star awards, while he captained Ireland in the International Rules series last year against Australia.

He also helped his native Mullaghbawn and Dublin side Na Fianna to provincial club success.

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