Darran O’Sullivan is delighted at the ‘refreshing’ appointment of Eamonn Fitzmaurice as the new Kerry senior football manager.
Speaking exclusively to SportsNewsIreland, O’Sullivan spoke of his admiration for the Dingle man and he believes Fitzmaurice can be a terrific appointment.
“I think it’s a great appointment,” said O’Sullivan. “He knows all the players and he’s proved as the u-21 manager and as a selector with the seniors that he has a huge amount to offer.
“He’s a young manager with big ambitions and enthusiasm which i think will rub off on the entire panel.
O’Sullivan also mentioned that Fitzmaurice’s experience under former boss Jack O’Connor will be vital to the Kerry squad next year.
The 23-year old believes Fitzmaurice’s age may be the biggest factor as he believes the new manager will be one the players will enjoy working with.
Fitzmaurice still plays club football in Finuge and O’Sullivan told SportsNewsIreland that this youthful managerial appointment can rub off on the squad.
“Eamonn will have learnt a lot from working with Jack and playing under him but what I think he will bring is a youthful vibrancy,” said the Kerry forward. “He was a Kerry player not so long ago and he still plays with his club so he knows how players think.
“I think Eamonn will have a lot of fresh ideas, and sometimes a new voice might be all that is needed so it’s exciting times for us.
“We are getting to play for someone who a lot of us have played with and who we all have a huge amount of respect for.”
The Glenbeigh/Glencar forward also said that the manner of Kerry’s defeat in this year’s All-Ireland quarter final has left the squad hurt but determined to come back stronger next year.
“Obviously going out so early this year hurt and then after a loss you always look back with ifs and buts,” said the 23-year old. “The important thing is not to dwell on them, and learn so that next time you don’t make the same mistakes.
“What’s important is to take the positives from the game which is, without playing well against a very strong Donegal team we were only beaten by 2 points.”