O'Neill stops short of denying Kerry move

Cian O'Neill (right)

Highly-regarded coach Cian O'Neill has refused to rule out a potential move to Eamonn Fitzmaurice's new Kerry management team.

Marked out as one of the best GAA strength and conditioning coaches in the country, O'Neill is leaving beaten All-Ireland SFC finalists Mayo after assisting them this past season.

The Kildare man is based in Limerick, working as a lecturer in the University of Limerick, and confirmed that his departure from the Mayo set-up was based on the affects of the long commute to Castlebar.

Having had two discs in his back removed in 2009 following a car accident, he told the Irish Examiner: "I'm being seen to leave Mayo after just a year but there was never any chance of me doing a second year.

"My back has got worse with the driving and the five-and-a-half hour round trips were causing problems for my health. That is the only reason why I won't be with Mayo next year."

He confirmed that he spoke with new Kerry boss Fitzmaurice in recent weeks, but only to give his advice on appointing a suitable physical trainer for the Kingdom set-up.

With Fitzmaurice seeking a replacement for Alan O'Sullivan, O'Neill added: "Eamonn was looking for a physical trainer and I gave him three names. There was nothing spoken about in terms of leaving Mayo.

"Eamonn was interested in discussing physical trainers and that's not my area anymore and Eamonn does the coaching himself. Anything else wasn't discussed at any great length."

O'Neill may be attempting to quell media talk of his reported switch to the Kerry set-up, however, suggesting that he would be "interested in a position closer to Limerick".

More in this Section

Everton fan dies after collapse during Stoke match

Fans are convinced Jose Mourinho has brought 'Fergie Time' back after Man United's last-minute victory against Hull

Wayne Rooney kept giving possession away during Man United v Hull... and fans were helplessly frustrated

Dublin Ladies beat Mayo with last kick of the game


Today's Stories

From wild card to trump card: How Liam Hassett is shaking up the Kerry dressing room

Jose Mourinho: England U21s best bet for Marcus Rashford

Swing vote: What next for Brexit effect on Ireland’s golfing tourism?

Paul O’Donovan has a new battle cry in World Championship gold medal quest

Lifestyle

Irish wool textile weaving is alive and thriving

Make your garden a musical haven, with help from green-fingered DJ Jo Whiley

Robin Gill’s Garden Courgette with Smoked Buffalo Milk Curd and Roof-Top Honey

We ask some siblings what it’s really like to work with your sister

More From The Irish Examiner