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Mickey Ned and O'Keeffe take reins for Kerry minors

MICKEY Ned O'Sullivan was unveiled as Kerry's new minor football manager last night.

The former All-Ireland winning Kerry captain, who ended his five-year spell in charge of Limerick's seniors last year, will be joined in the new management team by Kingdom legend John O'Keeffe, who has managed Limerick, Clare and the Irish International Rules team. No other selectors have been announced.

Having previously managed his native Kerry, O'Sullivan acknowledges that he and O'Keeffe face a big task to resurrect the minors' fortunes.

Kerry have not won an All-Ireland minor title since 1994, and lost a Munster semi-final to Tipperary this year, surrendering a 10-point half-time lead.

"We are not worried about Kerry's All-Ireland minor record but we accept that this is a big challenge," O'Sullivan said.

"Our job will be to prepare and produce players for senior inter-county football and, hopefully, success will be a by-product of that.

"I am delighted that John has come in as well. He has huge experience and know-how, and between us we have over 20 years of inter-county management experience.

"Ultimately, it's senior success that counts and we will be looking to help continue the conveyor belt of talent from minor to senior."

The Kerry U-21 management team was also officially ratified last night with Darragh Ó Sé, Harry O'Neill and John Shanahan confirmed as Eamonn Fitzmaurice's selectors. Former Munster rugby star John O'Sullivan is the physical trainer.

Irish Independent