Selector Mikey Sheehy and coach Pádraic Corcoran stood with Éamonn Fitzmaurice for all six of his years as Kerry senior football manager. In a turbulent last 12 months, they weren’t spared much rod but it’s the players they feel most for.
On the basis that former manager Pat O’Shea and Laois boss John Sugrue are unavailable or not interested and potential candidates for the future like Declan O’Sullivan and Seamus Moynihan aren’t ready, the shortlist to be the next Kerry football manager is just that — short.
If Éamonn Fitzmaurice thought Kerry’s backroom team was getting too friendly, he knew there was one addition who wouldn’t be slow to throw in a scud or two in the dressing room. In Liam Hassett’s lexicon, ‘beaten’ doesn’t exist...
In Weekend Sport (Saturday, August 22), your picture caption states, “Tommy Griffin blocks down Colm O’Neill’s effort for a point”. The picture shows him pawing O’Neill in the face, an action which could do serious eye damage.
Whatever happens in Croke Park tomorrow, Kerry will be nourished by its western extremities for the foreseeable future. Dingle and An Ghaeltacht are fertile breeding grounds for the nascent talent coming through the system. Who’s responsible is less important than facilitating the unimpeded movement of the conveyor belt. Five-time All-Ireland winner Tommy Griffin is better-placed than most to look back and forward...