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Oisín McConville Feels Kieran McGeeney Should Decide His Own Armagh Future

Oisín McConville Feels Kieran McGeeney Should Decide His Own Armagh Future
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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In the aftermath of the penalty shootout loss to Monaghan on Saturday, plenty of questions will be asked about Kieran McGeeney's Armagh future in the weeks ahead.

The Orchard County have often struggled to meet expectations in recent years, although there have been signs over the last couple of seasons that they are travelling in the right direction. In saying that, the defeat at the weekend will be seen as a hammer blow.

Most neutrals would view Armagh as a more talented team than Monaghan, although they continually seem to play within themselves when their shoulder is against the wheel in a big game. That happened once again on this occasion, with Armagh failing to capitalise when they looked to have the opposition under the cosh.


Some will feel that comes down to coaching, while the manager's record of one Ulster final and zero All-Ireland semi-final appearances in a decade should also come under the microscope.

Despite this, others have dismissed suggestions that McGeeney should be ousted from the position.

Oisín McConville gives opinion on Kieran McGeeney Armagh future

Speaking on BBC's The GAA Social, Oisín McConville made the argument that Kieran McGeeney has earned the right to decide his own future as Armagh manager despite the disappointing end to the season.

Can you really punish a manager for getting beaten on penalties? The majority will want change but I like continuity in a world that just likes to flip from one thing to the next.

He has lasted 10 years, that tells you he's got a lot of things right. He has done enough for Armagh that he's entitled to make his own decision.

If the right decision for Kieran is to walk away, then that's what he should do, but he should think about where Armagh were when he came in and where they are now and I think we're in a much better place.

You have to be careful what you wish for. The question you have to ask yourself is who is going to want that job, willing to go in there and start from scratch again...

I thought Armagh had so many opportunities to win the game but they just don't have that killer instinct, they don't seem to be able to finish it out.

I don't know any other team that when Rian kicked the ball over the bar they wouldn't see the game out. You have to be ruthless in the way you see it out...

I think continuity has helped Armagh more than it has hindered them. I think there's an opportunity for Kieran to stay on there though he probably needs to freshen things up in the background.

This is sentiment that will be shared by many, although others could feel that a refreshing of the management team is what's needed to bring this team to the next level.

Both Kieran McGeeney are Armagh will have a big decision to make in the weeks ahead.

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