Paídí to take his time on decision over future

KERRY football boss Paídí Ó Sé has yet to make a decision on his managerial future with the Kingdom.

Ó Sé, who made history as the first guest on The Dunphy Show which premiered on TV3 last night, admitted that he has been mulling over the issue since his side’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Tyrone.

“I haven’t decided. I haven’t made any decision,” he said. “Domestically the county championship is being played and in fairness to the people of Kerry and to those in charge, whether you win, lose or draw, you are given the opportunity to unwind and what’s best for Kerry will end out. I intend taking my time with the decision.”

Since taking the role in 1996, Ó Sé has managed the county side to two All-Ireland SFC titles, two NFL crowns and six Munster championships. However, the Ventry publican has endured heavy criticism since the seven-point defeat to the Ulster champions at Croke Park with many in the county demanding him to quit.

However, the Kerry boss also felt that much of the negative comment directed at the Tyrone style of football was unjustified.

“I felt after the All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tyrone that a lot of negativity was unfair. In the 70s we were described as playing a kind of basketball. But I always found that Northern Ireland teams put a lot of thought into their football. Look at the Down team in the 60s as an example. But fair play to Tyrone and best of luck to them.”

Ó Sé, the winner of eight All-Ireland SFC medals as a player, also made light of actions of the incensed supporter who attacked him at the end of the defeat. “It was just one of the things that happen. Possibly the man’s heart was in the right place,” he said with a smile.

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