KILDARE boss Kieran McGeeney insisted he is not to blame for the resignation of County Board Chairman Padraig Ashe last week.
The Armagh man says he is sick and tired of rumours and hearsay as to why the Straffan club man stood down as chairman.
“The next thing I’ll be blamed for the Famine! If anything goes wrong anywhere it seems to be my fault,” remarked McGeeney.
The senior football boss admitted that, on occasion, he didn’t see eye to eye with Ashe but, as he explained, that’s par for the course.
“Yes of course he had rows with me and of course he had rows with the hurling board but that’s part and parcel of the job. I have rows with my players every week,” added the former All Ireland winner.
McGeeney wished Padraig Ashe well in his future endeavours and called on supporters to respect the former Chairman’s decision. He also said he has no preference as to who will replace Ashe in the hot seat.
“Have you ever seen me get involved in politics? I will not. People like to make out that county managers are the most important but we don’t get a vote on anything. We don’t even get a vote at the meetings we are asked to go to whether it’s to do with referees or anything else. “To me Padraig Ashe did his job and he did his best. He said the reason he quit was personal and I think everybody should respect that. The man has asked for a wee bit of personal space and it’s amazing between websites and everything else everybody is looking to have a pop at him or somebody else. He worked hard, did a good job and people should just let him be,” insisted the Kildare manager.
McGeeney also came in for criticism last weekend from NUI Maynooth manager John Divilly, who said the Armagh man was over training his players.
“Sometimes you’re better off picking up the phone and talking to people before you go talking to the press,” added McGeeney.