Saturday 18 November 2017

Kingdom can dethrone Donegal, insists Sheehy

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

He may have eight All-Ireland medals and seven All Stars but Mikey Sheehy, one of the greatest forwards in Gaelic football history, says he feels "privileged" to be asked in as one of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's Kerry selectors.

Over the next three seasons Sheehy will form one of the cornerstones of Fitzmaurice's management team, which also includes former goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy and Kildare native Cian O'Neill, who has trained the Tipperary hurlers and Mayo footballers, as his selectors.

Sheehy believes Kerry are as well placed as any other county to dethrone Donegal in 2013 and felt they were closer than anyone this season to beating the champions.

"If you looked at it closely, Kerry were the team that ran Donegal closest and there were spells in that game when Kerry played very well," he said.

"For spells we played very poorly too so Kerry are not a million miles away. It's a challenge for the management and it's a challenge for the players.

"Knowing those players well, they are still hurting from defeats over the past two years and particularly that Donegal defeat.

Sheehy feels Kerry will have to face the fact that the best footballers may not necessarily make the best team in the modern game.

"The game has evolved and there are players out there that people might think were not up to scratch," he said.

"If you watch the way Donegal play, then you might not always depend on pure-bred footballers, it might be more like getting lads very fit and playing to a system that will be the way things go.

"But either way I believe that there are some very good footballers around the county at the moment, so there is no need for all the doom and gloom."

Irish Independent

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