Sheehy asks Kerry public to be patient

Crokes injury-free for club semi-final

Paul Brennan

KERRY senior team selector Mikey Sheehy has acknowledged the Kerry supporters' patience with the management and players after last Sunday's humbling loss to Dublin, and has said that more patience will be required before the team's performances get back to the required standard.

Speaking at the announcement of the opening of a new Hall of Fame at the GAA Museum at Croke Park on Monday, Sheehy expressed his disappointment with the performance against Dublin and the paltry return of just four points.

"I suppose the most disappointing thing from our point of view after the two games is the performance level," said Sheehy.

"You are going to lose games at this time of the year but I just think it was the poor performance really on both days. Mayo was disappointing but I was actually more disappointed on Sunday. There is a little bit of inexperience in the team but still there were certain aspects of the play that you would have been disappointed with."

The former GAA analyst with The Kerryman and eight-time All-Ireland medal winner said the management could have expected a bit of a reaction from the home crowd after such a poor performance but was pleased no negative reaction surfaced in Fitzgerald Stadium.

"I think there probably will have to be patience. Even on Sunday I kind of got the vibes from the crowd that they were more than patient. We were playing that poorly, you would expect maybe a bit of a reaction. I think they are going to be patient and I think they don't have a choice really," he said.

Speaking of the position manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice finsds himself in Sheehy said: "It's not easy taking over from Jack O'Connor, who had such a successful spell. Eamonn is a young guy who could have gone and done different things, but he put his head on the block. It's a learning process. He's a very solid, very good guy and a very cool guy. He speaks a lot of sense when he speaks to the players.

"I spoke to him briefly after the game on the phone and, of course, it's frustrating. The only good thing from our point of view is it is still only February. I think the break will suit us, and three weeks down the road we'll see. What we want to see is a performance. If we're beaten, we still want to see a better performance than we did the first two days."

Meanwhile, Dr Crokes report a clean bill of health ahead of their All-Ireland club semi-final against Ballymun Kickhams, which throws in at 4pm in in Thurles on Saturday.


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