Kerry have turned to Jack O’Connor in a bid to get their U-21 teams back to winning ways after he was last night ratified as the man to succeed Darragh O Se.
The appointment for a two-year term is a blow to legendary county star Pat Spillane, who had publicly expressed his interest in becoming U-21 boss.
Last September, O’Connor was at the helm of the Kingdom’s minor side as that team ended a 20-year wait for an All-Ireland MFC title.
Now, Kerry chiefs are clearly hoping that O’Connor’s Midas touch rubs off on the U-21s, who have endured a wretched time in recent years.
Under O Se, Kerry repeatedly came off second best to Cork, and it is 2008 since a team from the Kingdom last won the Munster U-21 crown.
The Dromid Pearses clubman has an enviable record as a coach, enjoying two extremely productive stints as manager of the senior team.
O’Connor guided Kerry to All-Ireland glory in 2004, 2006, and 2009, completing league and championship doubles in those years.