O’Shea blames lack of commitment from players for leaving Kerry post

Kerry minor hurling manager Seanie O’Shea has stepped down from his post midway through his two-year term.

Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan informed delegates at the county board’s monthly meeting that O’Shea was disappointed by the county’s inability to fulfil a fixture last month in the Cork Minor League.

O’Sullivan revealed O’Shea was not prepared to remain at the helm as he was felt he was not getting the required level of commitment from the squad.

Meanwhile a motion for convention which proposed that Coiste Chontae Chiarraí CLG appoint a Director of Football has been put on hold.

Kenmare officials wanted an individual appointed to take charge of all development squads in the county. However they withdrew the motion until a committee — which includes Tony O’Keeffe, Jack O’Connor, Pat O’Shea, Eoin Liston and Donal Daly — reports back to the board. O’Sullivan said the matter will be discussed once those findings are available.

Elsewhere Munster Club IFC champions Finuge have opted to move up to senior grade.

This move will weaken 2007 champions Feale Rangers but it was a unanimous decision of the players, according to chairman, Denis McElligott. “I suppose over the past number of weeks we have been going from strength to strength, winning the county intermediate championship and then capturing the Munster intermediate championship, the week before last. Peter Twiss, the county secretary then contacted us, and asked us what our intentions were for next year. We had a couple of club meetings and then we had a meeting with the players on Sunday last and it was unanimous that we would give it one shot and go senior.”

A motion from Ballymac was also passed which will see a change to the county league format, with three teams being promoted and relegated from the various divisions which are designed to make leagues more competitive.


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