Kerry man Jack O’Connor will be appointed as manager of the Kildare senior football team for 2020 it has been announced.
The Dromid Pearses club a former All-Ireland winning boss with the Kerry senior will take over from Cian O’Neill who vacated the position earlier this summer after Kildare were knocked out of the championship by Tyrone. It is understood that O’Connor will be given a three-year term, it will be his first steps back into senior inter-county management since 2012. He has been involved with the Kerry underage teams since then though, he guided the minor teams to All-Ireland titles in 2014 and 2015. He also took charge of the U21’s and the U20 sides. O’Connor has a strong link with Kildare though, his two sons currently play with Moorefield, while he also served as an assistant coach for them.
O’Connor’s name was put forward on Tuesday evening by the Kildare County Board Management Committee and they released a statement saying that the appointment will be due to ratification at next months county board meeting. The statement in full said:
“The Management Committee of Kildare GAA are pleased to nominate Jack O’Connor for the position of Kildare Senior Football Manager for a three-year term. The proposal will go before the September County Board meeting for ratification.
“Jack has a wealth of management experience at all levels having won three All-Ireland Senior titles, two All-Ireland U21 title, two All-Ireland Minor titles, three All-Ireland Vocational Schools & one All-Ireland Colleges Hogan Cup. He has also won three National Football League titles as well as numerous Munster titles at all age grades.
“Jack’s proposed backroom team will be announced over the coming weeks.
“A press briefing will organised following the September County Board meeting.”