The Kildare senior football squad have come out in full support of recently deposed manager Kieran McGeeney and called for the county board to immediately reinstate him.
McGeeney had been manager of the Lilywhites for almost six years but saw his tenure ended on Wednesday night after losing a vote to reappoint him by 29 to 28 among clubs in the county.
Several individual Kildare players reacted with disappointment to the news that McGeeney has been ousted, taking to twitter to support their manager. However, they squad has now issued a statement in which they detail their full support of the McGeeney.
The statement read: "The players feel that our County Board has let us down greatly throughout this process and our manager has been treated with a complete lack of respect and loyalty following his six years at the helm. Kieran’s reputation was frequently impugned at times by comments made over the past few weeks."
The statement also accused the county board of washing their hands of the decision to axe McGeeney, and claimed that despite wanting to him continue as manager, the County Board Management Committee instead opted to let club deligates decide his future.
“We believe that the County Board Management Committee should have used the powers available to them to reappoint Kieran McGeeney as senior football team manager for 2014 in accordance with their own wishes and those of the players. In not doing so they abdicated their responsibility and must accept much of the blame for the situation that the county now finds itself in,” it read.
The players stopped short of issuing any kind of ultimatum but, made clear their desire to see McGeeney return.
"Our ultimate wish is that last Tuesday night’s decision is overturned and that negotiations are immediately opened with Kieran McGeeney to reinstate him and his management team for 2014."
"The current County Board has been shown up to be dysfunctional and lacking in both leadership and unity"
"Tuesday’s decision and the process followed has left us angered and we will be submitting our recommendations to the County Board in the next two weeks on how this process should be structured in the future."
The statement describes the County Board as "dysfunctional and lacking in both leadership and unity" and says many board members may have put the interests of thier clubs over those of the county side.
"While the clubs are the heartbeat of the GAA and we do not wish to disrespect them or the people who work tirelessly within them, we do not feel that all club delegates voted in the best interest of the Kildare Senior Football Team, but based their decision on what served their clubs or personal agendas best."