Wednesday 22 November 2017

Coup for Kerry as legend Maurice Fitzgerald joins backroom team

St Mary’s manager Maurice Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan celebrate their victory in the All-Ireland IFC final in Croke Park earlier this year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
St Mary’s manager Maurice Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan celebrate their victory in the All-Ireland IFC final in Croke Park earlier this year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry legend Maurice Fitzgerald will join the Kingdom's backroom team as a selector, it has been confirmed.

Fitzgerald, who won All-Ireland titles as a player in 1997 and 2000, replaces Diarmuid Murphy as a selector in Eamonn Fitzmaurice's backroom team. Murphy served for six seasons in the role before stepping down earlier this year.

And now Fitzmaurice has landed something of a coup by persuading one of the county's most celebrated footballers of recent times to come on board.

"I am delighted to welcome Maurice into the Kerry senior football set-up," said Fitzmaurice.

"His football knowledge, work ethic and personality will be a huge asset to us".

Fitzgerald managed St Mary's Cahersiveen to All-Ireland club IFC glory earlier this year and he will be ratified tonight's Kerry county committee meeting in Tralee.

Fitzgerald joins trainer/selector Padraig Corcoran (Dingle) and selectors Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks) and Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers) as part of the Kingdom backroom team.

Irish Independent

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