Sunday 15 September 2019

Kerry to address club concerns over players omitted from Peter Keane's Kingdom panel

New Kerry football manager Peter Keane. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
New Kerry football manager Peter Keane. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kerry County board chairman Tim Murphy has admitted that "a few things fell through the cracks" with regard to informing players who are deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Peter Keane and his management team.

At a board meeting on Monday night, the Kerins O'Rahillys club from Tralee, who had four on the Kingdom panel last season, raised the issue.

"I am expressing my club's dissatisfaction at the new Kerry senior management in the way that Kerry players (from last year's squad) that were not called in by the Kerry management, were not even notified," said Dan Walsh, who stressed that the club had no issue around who was called up.

"It was remarked upon in a national paper as well last week. Some of the players have been involved with the Kerry senior squad for a long time and not even getting a text or phone call meant that they did not know whether they were in or they were out."

Murphy admitted there had been a problem and promised to address the issue.

"I accept what you are saying. I know, heretofore, the senior manager and the management team were the people who were charged with calling in players or not.

"Probably a few things fell through the cracks there all right and I think going forward as heretofore there was never a policy on how that was to be dealt with, but yes I agree with your sentiments that from now on we will put some system in place that will address this issue."

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