Eamon Fitzmaurice (@efitz6) has been confirmed as the new manager of the Kerry senior football squad at a meeting of the Kerry county committee.
The Finuge man succeeds former boss Jack O’Connor after he stepped down following last month’s All-Ireland quarter final defeat to Donegal in Croke Park.
Fitzmaurice has been given a three year deal by Kerry and speaking on Twitter following the appointment he expressed both thanks and excitement at the opportunity.
The three-time All Ireland winner said: “Thanks to everyone for all the good luck messages tonight and over the last while. Looking forward to and excited by the challenge ahead.”
The former Kerry midfielder is familiar with management, having been in charge of the u-21 squad, but this is his first senior management job.
One player who will surely be impressed with the appointment is Darran O’Sullivan, the Kerry forward recently revealing he believed Fitzmaurice would be a terrific choice. “I have played with him and worked under him and he’s brilliant – he’s definitely one of the best around,” said the 26-year old.
“I think the players would be delighted. He is close to the players but . . . he has been making big calls as a selector before so it’s not something for him to worry about.”
Kerry legend Darragh O Se has taken over the reins of the u-21 job Fitzmaurice is leaving with the former Kingdom midfielder appointed on a two-year term by the Kerry board.
Harry O ‘Neill, John Shanaghan and Noel Kennelly will serve as Ó Sé’s selectors but no announcement has yet been confirmed on Fitzmaurice’s back room team.
Seamus Moynihan and Mikey Sheehy are amongst those being touted to serve as selectors for Fitzmaurice’s squad but the identity of his selectors will not be revealed until the next county board meeting in October.