Confirmation from Kerry Co. Board, Chairman, Jerome Conway that three times All-Ireland winning Manager is to continue as the County’s Manager. In addition Kerry have reached two finals.
There has been much speculation of late, predominantly outside the county , that O’Connor might ‘opt out’ following the defeat against Dublin. A Facebook campaign pleading with O’Connor to stay on has also brought much support.
Aidan O’Mahony was one of the first of many players to speak out in favour of O’Connor remaining. There is of course also speculation that several of this year’s panel inc Tom O’Sullivan, Tommy Griffin, Eoin Brosnan, Tomas and Marc O’Se and O’Mahony himself may well be considering retiring before next
Summer’s quarter final against Tipperary .
Conway, who met up with O’Connor late this week to discuss the Kingdom’s 2012 League and Championship campaign added:
“We appointed Jack O’Connor as manager of the Kerry senior team last year for a three-year term. He has one year served and he will be serving out the remaining two years”
“As for retirements, nothing has been said and I am sure players are concentrating on their clubs right now, so it will be Christmas before anybody will be making up their minds on that score”
Meantime the County Board may well soon be looking for a new hurling Manager since former St Finbarr’s star,ex-Cork Selector and former Wexford Manager , John Meyler is one of those said to be on Waterford’s short list. The Deise will be anxious to have a new man on board in near future in
preparation for their next year’s campaign which opens with a ‘crunch’ tie against Clare, now led by former Manager, Davy Fitzgerald. Meyler has had considerable success with Kerry in past few seasons culminating in their Christy Ring Cup victory.