Limerick native Ciaran Carey has stepped down as Kerry senior hurling manager in a shock move after serving only one year of his two-year term.
Carey, who helped to keep Kerry in Division 1B, had indicated that he was willing to stay on but it is believed that problems arose with some of the squad and he decided to walk away.
In a statement released last night, Carey cited increased work commitments for his decision to step away. Sources close to the executive, however, have expressed disappointment at the turn of events and also admitted that it may be the New Year before a replacement is found.
"Due to increased work commitments, I am unable to give the necessary time required to manage the Kerry Senior Hurling team for the coming season," said Carey. "I wish to thank my management team, the full panel of players and the backroom team for their support and commitment in delivering a very successful 2016 season which resulted in Kerry maintaining their Division 1B Allianz League and Senior Championship status.
"I also wish to thank the Kerry County Board for their full support and provision of all the necessary back-up required to perform the job. Finally, I would like to wish the Kerry players the very best for the coming season."