Saturday 16 December 2017

Kingdom U-21 bosses step down

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Kerry's U-21 football management have stepped down in the wake of their 22-point drubbing by Cork in the Munster final.

Manager John Kennedy said that he and selectors Tom Prendergast and Liam Brosnan were going to call it a day this season anyway, but admitted: "I still cannot understand what happened us against Cork."

A three-time All-Ireland winner who managed the Clare seniors before a four-year spell as Kerry minor boss, Kennedy took over the Kingdom's U-21s from Sean Geaney two years ago.

He said their recent U-21 loss was the worst he had experienced in management.

"But if you look at players that came through in my time -- like Tommy Walsh, David Moran, Barry John Keane, Barry John Walsh, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley along with JB Spillane and Daithi Casey -- many of them are now part of the senior Kerry squad and I feel that winning All-Irelands is not everything at underage level," Kennedy said.

He feels that the U-21 grade is particularly tough to manage "because of its timing and the number of competitions that players are playing in at this time of the year".

Irish Independent

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