Eamon Fitzmaurice set to be Kerry football manager

Updated: August 14, 2012

As we reported last week Kerry county board look set to talk to Fitzmaurice over vacant manager’s role

Eamon Fitzmaurice, who has been in charge of the Kerry U21s this season, looks to be the favourite to take over from three time All Ireland winning manager Jack O’Connor, who ended his second term as the Kingdom’s manager at the weekend.

“Eamonn has done a terrific job with the U21s,” Kerry chairman Patrick O’Sullivan is quoted as saying in The Irish Daily Mirror.

“Nobody has spoken to anyone but if Eamonn showed an interest we would be interested in talking to someone of his calibre. But if Eamonn does not take it this time, the door will be open down the road for him.”

Meanwhile, outgoing manager O’Connor has claimed Kerry were still suffering a hangover from last year’s devastating All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin this season.

“It’s been a tough year. There was a bit of hangover from losing the All-Ireland final. That was a very tough defeat, it was an All-Ireland we felt we could and should have won,” he said.

“There was a lot of baggage trying to deal with the fallout from that. I felt for a lot of this year I was finding it very, very hard to get the boys back where we needed them to be. We got a lot of satisfaction in the last four-to-six weeks when the boys turned that around and got back to where they needed to be. But it was last year that took its toll.”

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