Friday 20 October 2017

Lilies line up Kerry legend O'Connor

Jack O'Connor
Jack O'Connor
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

FORMER Kerry manager Jack O'Connor has been approached about managing the Kildare footballers.

It is understood that Kildare chairman John McMahon had a meeting with the former All-Ireland winning boss this week.

But it is also believed that RTE pundit Kevin McStay, who jointly managed St Brigid's of Roscommon to an All-Ireland Club title in the past year, has also recently been approached by Kildare.

O'Connor led the Kingdom to All-Ireland success in 2004, 2006 and 2009 in two different spells in charge but he stepped down after the 2012 season, following Kerry's exit from the championship at the hands of Donegal.

It is over three weeks since Kieran McGeeney, who had managed the Lilywhites for six seasons, was controversially ousted by the margin of just one after a vote by club delegates.

It is expected that there will be an update on the situation at the monthly county board meeting next Tuesday.

Former county centre-back star Glenn Ryan, who has just finished managing Longford, has definitely ruled himself out of the job.

Meanwhile, footballers from Munster's so-called weaker counties are taking the weekend to gauge the temperature of all of their team-mates before deciding their next step in the province's championship seeding controversy.

Players in Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford are furious that Munster Council is sticking with its decision to seed the draw next season.

Two player representatives from each of those teams met initially last week and, following Munster Council's mid-week refusal to re-visit the matter, there is speculation that a player boycott could occur.

Feelings are running high among some players, but they want to canvass opinion from everyone on their county squads now to see if there is consensus on their next move.

All of the 2014 Championship draws are due to take place next Thursday (live on RTE television at 7.0) and will go ahead regardless.

CORK AND CLARE TO LIGHT UP REPLAY

Clare and Cork have already drawn in league and championship this year, a result which is now priced at 9/1. Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw.

It's the first time that Clare are involved in an All-Ireland final replay, while Cork were successful in their last replayed decider, having beaten Kilkenny in 1931.

Westmeath's James McGrath will set a refereeing record by taking charge of a second All-Ireland final replay, having also officiated at the Galway-Kilkenny clash last year.

Star sprinter Lethal Force, winner of two Group Ones this season, has been retired to Cheveley Park Stud.

Cheveley bought a share of the Clive Cox-trained four-year-old earlier this month, with the intention being that he would retire at the end of the season.

That decision has now been made, with Cox paying tribute to a horse that gave him top-level success in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket, both times under Adam Kirby.

Irish Independent

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