JACK O'Connor's expected appointment as the new Kerry Minor Manager was approved at Monday night's County Board Meeting, but not in the manner everybody was expecting.
The sub-committee's proposal of O'Connor was challenged from the floor on the night. A subsequent proposal – that the outgoing minor management team headed up by Mickey Ned O'Sullivan be maintained – was put forward by Kenmare delegate Michael Carey along with Kilgarvan delegate Tom Randles.
Amid heated debate a vote was eventually called for, which saw the sub-committee's proposal (to put in place a management team headed up by O'Connor) carried by 44 votes to 28 with a further 20 abstaining from taking part in the vote.
County Board Chairman Patrick O'Sullivan declined to comment on the matter when contacted by The Kerryman on Tuesday afternoon. Monday night's challenge was the first time since 1995 that there was a vote taken on a managerial position in the county.
That year saw both the late Paidí Ó Sé and Seamus MacGearailt's names put before the County Board for selection to the position of manager of the senior football team in 1996 with the eight time All-Ireland medal winner eventually winning the contest.
O'Connor's eventual approval brings with it the appointment of former Dr Crokes player and South Kerry manager John Galvin and double All Ireland club winning player with both St Vincents of Dublin and his native Castlegregory Micheal O'Shea as selectors. The Dromid Pearses man's appointment sees him follow on from his previous roles as the county's Senior and Under 21 Manager in the past.
Also at Monday night's meeting, former County Board chairman Seán Walsh was officially proposed for the position of Uachtarán Tofa CLG. In proposing the Moyvane native on Monday night Mr O'Sullivan said the following at the meeting:
"The man who led his club, county and province with honour and distinction is ready to bring all of that experience and dedication to lead the GAA at national level. The essential attributes of a an effective leader are honesty, ability to delegate, communication, a sense of humour, confidence, commitment, a positive attitude, creativity, intuition and ability to Inspire.
"Seán Walsh possesses all of these leadership attributes and qualities in abundance and tonight, I am proud to propose his nomination to lead the GAA as Uachtarán Tofa."
Walsh was Chairman of the County Board from 1998 to 2008 before finishing a term as Munster Council President this year.