End of era as Micko announces retirement after storied career
One of the most enduring eras in GAA history has ended following Mick O'Dwyer's announcement that his inter-county managerial days are over.
It ends a 60-year involvement with inter-county football as player and manager with his native Kerry and as manager in Kildare, Laois, Wicklow and Clare.
"My days of rolling up the match programme tightly in my hand and heading out to patrol the sidelines are over. I'd be happy to give a bit of advice from time to time if anyone wants it but I won't be managing again. That's behind me now," said the Waterville man, who scaled unprecedented heights over six remarkable decades.
He completed his final managerial assignment last July when Clare were eliminated from the All-Ireland championship, having previously been in charge of Kerry (15 seasons), Kildare (10), Laois (four) and Wicklow (five).
O'Dwyer (77) made no decision about his future after signing off with Clare and instead concentrated on sorting out an old ankle problem.
He had an operation four months ago and is now well on his way to a full recovery, which re-opened speculation as to whether he would return to management. He has confirmed to the Irish Independent that he won't be doing so.
"I always believed in the 'never say never' motto but it's time to pack in the management side of things," he said.
"After all the great years in Kerry, I got huge satisfaction from winning Leinster with Kildare and Laois. It meant so much to the people in those counties."
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