Former Kerry team-mates return to guide county’s fortunes

Back in 2004 when Kerry beat Mayo in the All-Ireland final, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Diarmuid Murphy, Liam Hassett, Declan O’Sullivan, and Tommy Griffin, were all team mates in a side managed by Jack O’Connor.
Former Kerry team-mates return to guide county’s fortunes

Now they are all involved in the management of the various Kerry teams, as the county continues the policy of using the experience of ex-players as they ratify new management teams.

Last night at the County Committee meeting, new Kerry minor boss Peter Keane, named his two selectors, Tommy Griffin (Dingle) and James Foley (Kilcummin) and they will serve for a two year term.

It is understood that Chris Flannery, who currently is preparing Killarney Legion for next Sunday’s county final with Keane, will train the team, while Paudie Murphy (Laune Rangers) will be the strength and conditioning coach.

Meanwhile, Mikey Sheehy, Diarmuid Murphy and Liam Hassett were ratified for one term as selectors with the Kerry senior football team, managed by Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Ciarán Carey, the former Limerick All-Ireland medal winner from Patrickswell was officially ratified as the new Kerry senior hurling manager in succession to Eamonn Kelly, who has moved on to Offaly.

Carey has named two former Kerry players, James McCarthy (Kilmoyley) and Mike Conway (Lixnaw) as his two selectors. The coach is expected to be Mark Foley.

The Senior Football relegation draw took place, with eight club teams set to be culled to five, and when the three exempt clubs, Dr Crokes, Dingle and Legion, are added, it will mean eight clubs sides will play in the SFC in 2016.

Saturday next at neutral venues: Austin Stacks v Milltown Castlemaine; St Michael’s/Foilmore v Kilcummin; Kerins O’Rahilly’s v Laune Rangers; Ardfert v Rathmore.

The four winners will secure their senior status while the four losers will meet with only one surviving two subsequent rounds.

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