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O’Mahony: ‘No better buachaill than Jack to steer Kerry to an All Ireland in the next year or two’

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Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrates his side's victory with Aidan O'Mahony after the 2009 Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final with Cork Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrates his side's victory with Aidan O'Mahony after the 2009 Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final with Cork Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor celebrates his side's victory with Aidan O'Mahony after the 2009 Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final with Cork Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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Aidan O’Mahony has backed his former manager, Jack O’Connor, to deliver the goods with the Kingdom on his third coming as Kerry senior football manager.

The Rathmore man played under Jack O'Connor in both his previous two incarnations as Kerry boss, with the Dromid man making O’Mahony a key player when he came on board for the 2004 season.

“Jack is a great character. I can't speak highly enough of him,” O’Mahony said this week.

"Obviously I came in, in 2003 with Páidí Ó Sé and Eddie Tatler [O’Sullivan] and you know two fantastic men, and Páidí and Eddie I’d be grateful to them, because day one I was doing my apprenticeship and Jack came in then in 204 and gave me my start.

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"I think the last couple of weeks when people have been asking is there anybody in the Paul Galvin / Aidan O’Mahony mould... I actually thought he brought us in for our football, I didn’t realise it was the opposite!” he joked.

"I think it’s a great time to be involved in Kerry football. What you learn down here and you know this yourself is that every year there’s an expectancy on you to win an All Ireland. There’s no other way of dressing that up and it’s not an arrogance.

"It’s just you look back on the Kerry golden years and the years after it and my team in the noughties when you come in as a player, you're very driven, you've high expectations. Jack will bring that as well.

"He doesn’t pay any attention to external voices or noise. No better than to steer the ship. The big thing when a new management comes in is that it freshens it up, the panel, players on the extended panel get a chance to put their hand up.

"I just think they're not that far away at all, they lost by a point to Tyrone. There doesn’t have to be any massive changes. I think he’ll look forward to it. He’s been there. No better buachaill than Jack to steer Kerry to an All Ireland in the next year or two.”

Aidan O’Mahony will be signing copies of Unbroken in Eason Killarney on Saturday 23rd October at 11am, and in O’Mahony’s Tralee on Saturday 30th October at 1pm


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