Sunday 16 June 2019

Tomás Ó Sé discusses who could be Eamonn Fitzmaurice's successor and rules himself out of the running

Peter Keane, Jack O'Connor and Liam Kearns are being touted
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Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé believes the Kingdom need to pick the right management team as well as the right manager in their task of replacing Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Kerry minor boss Peter Keane, under-20 manager Jack O'Connor and Tipperary manager Liam Kearns have been touted as possible replacements since Fitzmaurice announced his resignation after Kerry's championship exit on Saturday.

Speaking on The Throw-In,'s GAA podcast, Ó Sé said he felt Keane was leading the race but he wants some of his former teammates to form part of the backroom team.

"I think it's key to get the right guy in but it's also key to get the right team around him as well," he said.

"Guys who come into management these days bring their own team with them. I don't think that's necessarily the right way to go either.

"They need to get this appointment right. The usual suspects will be Peter Keane because he's done so well with the minors, Tommy Griffin is with him. I'd love to see somebody like (Seamus) Moynihan get involved, I'd love to see Declan O'Sullivan get involved, I'd love to see Maurice Fitzgerald... not just because they're iconic but they are actually coaching at club level in Kerry at the moment and doing quite well.

"There's a Donie Buckley free at the moment and to be fair, he made Mayo fairly competitive with his brief of 1-9 and that's an area where Kerry have been lacking. That guy should be involved in it.

"Peter Keane would probably be the first man in, Jack would have to be considered as well.

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"It's a tough number to get and in fairness to Fitzmaurice, in the years ahead, it will be seen that he did clear the way. He focused people on acknowledging that this team does need time to bed in.

"I think Peter Keane would be well able to handle the media. You see hoe good Jim Gavin is, he doesn't give much away but I think Fitzmaurice was brilliant at it. The way he handled certain situations.

"I would love to see lads from that successful noughties team being involved. They'd give you something that others can't."

Asked if he would be throwing his hat in the ring, he joked: "I'm too busy talking and making money I suppose. I'm down in Cork lads, I'm going for the Cork job."

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