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Former Kildare Star Critical Of County's Process To Find New Manager

Former Kildare Star Critical Of County's Process To Find New Manager
Lee Costello
By Lee Costello Updated
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Kildare are currently on the hunt for a new manager following Glenn Ryan's resignation after three years in charge of the county.

Although he was at the helm when they were relegated from Division One in his first year, he did oversee some good times, including the team's first victory over Dublin in the National League in decades.

However last year was much more disappointing, and new lows were reached this summer when they were relegated from Division Two and crashed out of Leinster at the hands of Wicklow.

Kildare would have set themselves higher targets than playing in The Tailteann Cup, but not only was that where they found themselves, they didn't even make it past the quarter-final stages as Laois knocked them out on their way to reaching the final.

With confidence at an all-time low, whoever takes on the role next will have a big job on their hands, but already there seems to be problems.

Former Kildare star Andriú Mac Lochlainn took to the social media platform 'X' to question the current county board's process when finding a new manager.

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The official county account posted: Following a Kildare GAA Management meeting this evening. The Chairperson along with the executive officers are commencing a process of appointing a new Senior Footballer Manager."


However, despite this seeming like a fairly routine step in the process, Mac Lochlainn had some questions.

He said: With respect to the current chairman & Exec committee. Solely from a corporate board & mgt viewpoint, why would an outgoing chair or committee choose our new mgt team for potentially the next 3-5 yrs. When they will not be overseeing/reviewing this appointments performance."

Mac Lochlainn raises a good point, and is clearly one of the many frustrated Kildare fans in the county right now, who just want to see fortunes take a turn for the better.

Mick Gorman is the current chairperson, and was in charge when Ryan was appointed as manager, but he is coming to the end of a five-year term.

This means that the although the responsibility of selecting the next manager is still within his powers, he won't be around to see how that individual performs.


Whoever is selected for the job will play a crucial role in turning things around, and if they get this decision wrong, then this dark period for the Lilywhites will only be extended.

There has been some managers touted as potential replacements, including Mayo legend Andy Moran who just stepped down from his job at Leitrim.

Cavan's Mickey Graham has also been suggested as a potential candidate, as well as Kildare native Davy Burke, although he has expressed an interest in staying with Roscommon.


Things move quickly in Gaelic football, and if they are to start the healing process and get the county back on its feet, they need to make the decision carefully, but quickly.

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