Saturday 16 December 2017

'My term is up now' - Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice to consider his future after defeat

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
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Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice will consider his future after seeing his side relinquish their All-Ireland crown today in a 0-12 to 0-9 defeat to Dublin today at Croke Park.

A below-par performance from his side clearly baffled Fitzmaurice who will consider his tenure in the Kingdom.

“My term is up now,” he told RTE’s Joanne Cantwell.

“I’ve three years done. You know a lot of us have a lot of thinking and talking to do and we’ll do that in time as well.

Asked if he could put his finger on why Kerry didn't perform but heaped praise on Dublin and was gracious in defeat.

“We didn’t perform Joanne, we didn’t play as well as we can play,” he added.

“I think you have to give a lot of credit to Dublin as well. They played very well, they outworked us, they played the game at their terms. They managed to really tackle us high up the pitch, really slow us down and at the same time get bodies back. So as I said, you have to give them credit but under performed as well.

Asked if his side buckled under the atmosphere, Fitzmaurice said: “I don’t think it was the occasion. Like I said I think you have to give a lot of credit to Dublin. Thinking about it now straight afterwards it’s hard to put our finger on it.

“But we underperformed and that can happen. It can happen on big days. It hasn’t happened us too many times thankfully over the past number of years but it happened today and like I said you just have to take your hats off to Dublin. And I think because as well as they’ve played and hard they worked and fought for each other they made it very hard for us.”

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