Mur­phy hails Keane and team

For­mer mi­nor man­ager given three-year term with se­niors

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - BY PAUL BRENNAN

KERRY GAA chair­man Tim Muprhy has de­scribed the new Kerry se­nior foot­ball man­age­ment team as a “strong and vi­brant” one, adding that he be­lieves they have the “ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of get­ting [the play­ers] to the top level very quickly”.

Head­ing up that man­age­ment team is 47-year old Peter Keane, the three-time All-Ire­land Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship win­ning man­ager, and a na­tive of Ca­her­siveen.

Keane was unan­i­mously rat­i­fied on Mon­day night by club del­e­gates who en­dorsed a three-year term for the St Marys club man and his back-room team.

That back-room team com­prises Tommy Grif­fin and James Fo­ley, who both worked along­side Keane with those three mi­nor teams from 2016 to last month, Donie Buck­ley from Castleis­land, and Mau­rice Fitzger­ald.

Ac­cord­ing to Tim Mur­phy, Buck­ley brings “a level of ex­per­tise that prob­a­bly very few peo­ple in the county would have” while Fitzger­ald of­fers a “cer­tain level of ex­per­tise” and is an im­por­tant link to the pre­vi­ous man­age­ment team.

The chair­man said the ap­point­ment of Peter Keane and the man­age­ment team is a de­ci­sion that he and the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee are “cer­tainly very com­fort­able with” adding that Kerry “now has a new man­ager and a man­age­ment team that are ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing at the high­est level.”

Asked why Keane was handed the job, the chair­man said: “Ul­ti­mately the de­ci­sion was made based on the skill-set we felt Peter Keane had. He ob­vi­ously has a huge track record at mi­nor level but out­side of that he has as­sem­bled a for­mi­da­ble man­age­ment team. I think the man knows it’s the sum of the parts. It’s the cul­mi­na­tion of more than one per­son that will get re­sults and I think he has a great abil­ity to do that. That would be the pri­mary rea­son.”

Keane’s ap­point­ment as suc­ces­sor to Ea­monn Fitz­mau­rice brings an end to the nine-week search for the lat­ter’s re­place­ment, with Tim Mur­phy be­moan­ing what he called a “me­dia frenzy” re­gard­ing the ap­point­ment. The chair­man also stated that Keane chose his own man­age­ment team de­spite a “nar­ra­tive cre­ated in the me­dia that we were im­pos­ing cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als on man­agers”.

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