DONIE BUCK­LEY

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

IT is known that there was a strong de­sire to have Donie Buck­ley in­volved in the new man­age­ment team and, like­wise, that Buck­ley was very keen to be in­volved un­der the right con­di­tions and man­ager.

Hav­ing spent six sea­sons work­ing as a coach with the Mayo foot­ballers and be­fore that with Clare and Lim­er­ick teams - the Castleis­land na­tive ended his re­la­tion­ship with Mayo soon af­ter their exit from the Cham­pi­onship in July, and he was sounded out soon af­ter Fitz­mau­rice’s res­ig­na­tion as to his in­ter­est in com­ing on board with Kerry.

Much of the credit for the im­prove­ment in the Mayo de­fence over the last few years has been laid at Buck­ley’s feet, and the Mayo play­ers have spoke very highly of him as a coach. He is con­stantly learn­ing new meth­ods and tech­niques, often from first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence in other sports, and his pri­mary brief will be to make Kerry a bet­ter team when they don’t have the ball, in terms of cleaner tack­ling and dis­pos­sess­ing the op­po­si­tion.

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