GIVE it up for Eamonn Fitzmaurice. We have absolutely no idea how his tenure as Kerry boss will go – it could be a roaring sucess, it could an utter disaster (we suspect the former rather than the latter in case you're wondering) – but for now it would seem to us a good sign that he is a man still playing the game of gaelic football.
How many other managers next year will have played to such a high level the previous year as Fitz will have done after playing for Finuge in ther County Intermediate Football final against Spa? Not many we'd wager. There can't even have been too many who have ever done so.
One would imagine it will give Fitzmaurice a far greater insight into how the game of actually functions on the ground for the players than a manager who hasn't togged out in five, ten or even twenty years.
Even if he hung his boots up before now Fitz would have the respect of the Kerry dressing room, even so to him go out and play in a county final will win him plenty of kudos when training begins in a few weeks under the new Kerry regime.