Confirmed: Eamonn Fitzmaurice agrees to stay on as Kerry manager for a further two years
Published 06/09/2016 | 12:09
The Kerry county board have confirmed tonight that manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will remain in the role for a further two seasons.
The 2016 campaign was Fitzmaurice's fourth with the Kingdom, and if he sees out the totality of his new term then he will become the longest serving Kerry manager since Paidi O'Se.
The Finuge man had been given a one year extension after last September's All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, prompting talk that his reign would end with Kerry's 2016 season.
Speaking after their semi-final loss to Jim Gavin's Dublin team two Sundays back, Fitzmaurice was non-commital about his future but in the days afterwards, county chairman Patrick O'Sullivan insisted he was "confident that he’d remain on."
Jack O'Connor has been widely tipped for a third term in the Kingdom hot seat, though he is understood to be eager to oversee the development of the minor teams he managed to back-to-back All-Irelands in 2014 and '15 at Under 21 level next year and again in 2018.
Fitzmaurice's reappointment will at least provide some stability to a team that is likely to shed some of his most successful players between now and the start of next season, with the likes of Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O'Mahony, Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper mulling over their respective futures.
Fitzmaurice has won four straight Munster titles and one All-Ireland title since becoming the Kerry manager.