Fitzmaurice set to see out his term and remain in charge of Kingdom for 2018
Éamonn Fitzmaurice is set to remain in charge of the Kerry footballers for 2018.
In the wake of their All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Mayo, Fitzmaurice stated he would take his time before deciding whether to remain in charge of the county for a sixth year.
However, it's understood he met with the extended panel in Killarney over the weekend where he confirmed his intention to see out the 12-month extension he was handed late last year and put plans in place for the 2018 campaign.
Fitzmaurice had been tipped to stay on after county chairman Tim Murphy publicly endorsed him earlier this month. The Kerry county board are expected to confirm the news in a statement this week.
Having drafted in Maurice Fitzgerald as a selector for 2017, it's not thought there will be any change to his management team, which includes Mikey Sheehy and Liam Hassett. In fact, Sheehy and Hassett were spotted together scouting club championship games in the county.
Fitzmaurice will be expected to blood some new talent next year.
Kerry teams have now won four successive minor All-Irelands since 2014 and they have claimed four Hogan Cups in the same period. The county also boast the most talked-about young prospect in football in David Clifford, who hit a staggering 4-4 in their minor final win over Derry.