Kieran McGeeney set to be ratified tonight

ARMAGH man Kieran McGeeney is set to be ratified for a sixth year as Kildare senior football manager at tonight’s (Tuesday) monthly county board meeting in Newbridge, writes Ruth Chambers.

ARMAGH man Kieran McGeeney is set to be ratified for a sixth year as Kildare senior football manager at tonight’s (Tuesday) monthly county board meeting in Newbridge, writes Ruth Chambers.

He will be joined once again by St Kevin’s club man Niall Carew, while Castledermot’s Damien Hendy will complete the senior management set up for 2013.

The Leinster Leader exclusively revealed a number of weeks ago that Hendy was set to replace Armagh native John Rafferty, who spent just one year in the selector’s role after replacing former All Star and All Ireland winner Aidan O’Rourke.

Meanwhile, McGeeney and Carew will also take charge of the Kildare Under 21 footballers for 2013. They replace Sarsfields’ man Alan Barry at the helm after he endured a dissapointing tenure, which culminated in defeat to Offaly in this year’s Leinster Championship in Portarlington.

Former county board chairman and Nurney man Syl Merrins,who was responsible for appointing Kieran McGeeney back in the winter of 2007, will be an Under 21 selector, as will Clane man Tom Cribbin.

Cribbin, a former Offaly senior football boss, was involved with the senior set up in an advisory role last year.

No decision on a replacement for Bryan Murphy as minor manager is expected at tonight’s meeting.

Murphy led the Lilies to a Leinster final against Dublin in 2009 where they were eventaully beaten after a replay.