Kildare County Board chairman John McMahon has revealed he was in favour of another term for ousted manager Kieran McGeeney.
McGeeney was manager of the Lilywhites for almost six years but saw his tenure come to an end last night after losing a vote by 29 to 28 among clubs in the county.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport this morning, McMahon said he was hoping to see the Armagh man retained in the role.
He said: “In my opinion he deserved another term.
“It was brought back to the clubs and they had their say last night.
“With their say comes responsibility. It is a difficult one to swallow. I'm not sure what brought it back against Kieran, the clubs just voted that they felt it was time for a change.
“Instead of focussing on what has not been done, we should be focusing on what has been done and what has been achieved in the last six years. It is not as if we are winning Leinster titles and All-Ireland titles regularly, far be it from the case.
“He has lifted the profile of Kildare to new levels which is evident by how much coverage the news last night has gained.
“There is new talent coming through in Kildare. It is not going to be the case for Kieran to bring that talent to achieve success. It is incumbent on us all now to drive things on and maximise the potential in Kildare.”
“He has given huge commitment to Kildare and brought us to new levels.” - John McMahon
The Lilywhite players have expressed their anger and disappointment at the managerial upheaval and have been steadfast in their support of McGeeney.
McMahon revealed the players made their feelings known prior to the vote and he thanked the outgoing manager having been unable to make contact with him since last night’s meeting.
The chairman said: “I had received contact from players over the last couple of weeks. There was correspondence on behalf of the players issued which was read to meeting last night.
“After all they are the people that put their life on hold and do the hard slog for Kildare football.
“My message to Kieran would be a message of thanks. I have got to know Kieran reasonably well over the last number of years.
“He is a dedicated professional and a person that brings very high standards to everything he does and that includes Kildare football.
“On behalf of Kildare GAA, and I don't mean this lightly, he has given huge commitment to Kildare and brought us to new levels.
“I wish Kieran, genuinely, all the best in his future endeavours and he is going to be a very difficult act to follow from the Kildare point of view.”