Murphy hails Keane and team
Former minor manager given three-year term with seniors
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”.