Wednesday 25 April 2018

Tomás Ó Sé gives a brutally honest assessment of Kerry's prospects after Eamonn Fitzmaurice signs on until 2020

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Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé doesn't believe Kerry will be equipped to dethrone Dublin in 2018.

The Kerry County Board announced last night that Eamonn Fitzmaurice would remain in charge of the Kingdom's footballers until 2020 and while Ó Sé believes he is the man for the job, Kerry have a lot of work to do to bridge the gap to Jim Gavin's side.

Ó Sé also believes that, regardless of last night's endorsement, Fitzmaurice will walk away if the 2018 campaign goes poorly.

"I think it was a big decision for Eamonn to stay on for another year," he told RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland programme.

"The fact that the County Board have added two more won’t make much of a difference.

"If Eamonn has a very, very poor year this year coming, I can’t see him staying on anyway. I’m not sure the contract means that much."

"I think it’s the right decision for Kerry. There has been a lot of talk about the Mayo performance and the tactics, but in my own eyes, I think we just don’t have the players at the moment.

"We don’t have a team to compete at the top table, and possibly for Eamonn, they didn’t get it perfect against Mayo and a lot of criticism comes into Kerry because of it.

"I do feel he is the right man to take them forward. He has the trust of the players.

"He has shown us in 2014 that tactically he can get it right."

Much has been made of minor star David Clifford resisting a move to Aussie Rules to stay in Kerry, plus the fact that they have won the past four minor All-Ireland titles and Ó Sé expects young players to be blooded next year.

"I do expect to see a lot more of the younger lads coming through and there will be pressure to deliver."

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