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Cooper to keep Kerry captaincy

COLM COOPER has a chance to put last September's All-Ireland heartbreak behind him after it emerged that he'll retain the Kerry captaincy next season.

The Gooch will be nominated by his club, Dr Crokes, who retained the Kerry senior championship crown with a comfortable victory over Mid Kerry last Sunday week, ahead of Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O'Leary, Johnny Buckley and Daithí Casey.

"We're delighted to nominate Colm because he has been an inspirational leader for Dr Crokes and for Kerry. Hopefully, he can go one better nest September," said Dr Crokes chairman Vincent Casey, who confirmed that their five county panelists met this week with Cooper emerging as the unanimous choice.

One of the five, Brosnan, has committed to Kerry for another season after coming out of retirement this year.

Horan goes for 'steely' Lacey

LIMERICK boss Maurice Horan plumped for Brian Lacey as his new selector/coach because of his methods, mentality and knowledge of Munster football.

The 37-year-old Tipp native - an All Star defender with Kildare in '98 - succeeds Ephie Fitzgerald who has moved on to a new role as Cork minor manager.

"He played most of his football with Kildare but as a Tipperary man originally, he'd know the scene in Munster," Horan explained.

"We would have done some research into him and found out that he was very thorough in his own preparation. He's done some work with different teams and the reports there are all good as well. He's a steely guy, a very well-spoken character and very detailed in what he does."

Newton set to take on Rossies

DES NEWTON looks set to be ratified as Roscommon's new senior football manager next week, replacing Fergal O'Donnell who stepped down after the Rossies failed to defend their Connacht crown this season.

Now living in Dublin, Newton served as a Kilmacud Crokes selector for the past two years.

Meanwhile, Nigel Dineen has been chosen as the county's new U21 manager.