This will be my last year leading Crokes, declares boss O’Neill

DR CROKES will attempt to complete a three in a row of Kerry senior titles next year, a feat the club previously achieved between 1912 and 1914, yet the man at the helm of their recent triumphs is unlikely to be guiding them.

Harry O’Neill will remain in charge for the club’s forthcoming Munster SFC campaign but indicated he will vacate his position before the start of the 2012 county championship.

“As regards going for the three in a row with the Crokes, I have promised my wife faithfully that I will not be in charge next year,” he said.

“I think in fairness sometimes to go and achieve something like that, a new voice would be required inside in the dressing room. Sunday could well have been my last county championship game with the Crokes.

“Myself, Denis Coleman, Donie O’Leary and Enda Ward took over three years ago. We were given a two-year term then with Vince [Casey] putting a caveat in at the AGM that we’d get a third year. Our term is up now and we’ll see how it goes.”

O’Neill also revealed Dr Crokes is his main focus for the rest of the season and will be given preference should complications arise with his involvement with the Kerry U21 footballers.

O’Neill has been recruited for the role of selector along with former senior star Darragh Ó Sé by new county U21 manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

“We have a Munster campaign to negotiate first and we’ll see where that takes us. I’ve spoken to Eamonn Fitzmaurice and he’s aware of the situation as regards the Kerry U21s. As long as the Crokes are on the road, my first priority will be with them. I’ll be helping with the lads in the Kerry U21 squad as much as is possible then.”

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