Thursday 19 October 2017

O'Connor to stay on as Kingdom boss

Jack O'Connor has agreed a three-year term.
Jack O'Connor has agreed a three-year term.
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

JACK O'Connor was ratified for a third term as Kerry senior football manager last night.

Ger O'Keeffe continues as a selector and, after a raft of speculation about who would replace the selectoral vacancy left by the departure of Eamonn Fitzmaurice, the proverbial 'safe pair of hands' -- former county goalkeepering star Diarmuid Murphy -- is now joining his back-room team.

A variety of names, including Seamus Moynihan, Liam Hassett and even Darragh O Se, had been mentioned as possible replacements for Fitzmaurice, but Murphy emerged as a surprise candidate in recent days and his involvement was confirmed last night.

The 35-year-old former All Star goalkeeper only retired from inter-county football a year ago and is still playing club football locally with Dingle. He was involved with the Kerry minors this year as an advisor and goalkeeping coach.

O'Connor's second term with the Kingdom ended with this summer's shock All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by Down.

But he got a very strong vote of confidence last night, not only getting unanimously re-elected but receiving a new three-year term, which is one longer than the one he has just finished.

The returned Kerry boss has further strengthened his back-room team with the addition of Joe O'Connor, who is the physical trainer of the county senior hurling team.

He is coming on board as weights and conditioning coach while Alan O'Sullivan will continue as team trainer.

Irish Independent

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