Paul Grimley has stepped down as Armagh football manager, with selector Kieran McGeeney the hot favourite to replace him.

Grimley had led the Orchard County for the last two seasons, and they enjoyed a successful championship campaign this summer, recording wins over Cavan, Tyrone, Roscommon and Meath before losing an All-Ireland quarter-final to Donegal by a single point last weekend.

Controversy also surrounded the Armagh side this term after some players received bans for a pre-match parade brawl with Cavan, which led to the team adopting a policy of refusing to speak to the media

One of Grimley's right-hand men, former Kildare boss McGeeney, is widely tipped to take over the hotseat.

“There’s no better man to lead Armagh forward than Kieran McGeeney, whether that is the case or not is irrelevant at the moment,” said Grimley when asked after the Donegal game if he was staying on.

A statement from the Armagh County Board said: "Paul Grimley, Armagh Senior Football Manager, has tendered his resignation to The Management Committee of Armagh County Board.

"Paul strenuously argued that it was the right thing to do as he had stressed on his appointment two years ago that he would embark on a development process and that he thought that the process was ready to progress to another level.

"The Management Committee of Armagh County Board wish to acknowledge the contribution of Paul, in terms of his energy, commitment, loyalty, vision and selflessness, to Armagh.

"Paul Grimley is big in stature and gargantuan in his commitment to Armagh. On behalf of everyone involved in Armagh we extend a hearty thank you to Paul and wish him well."