Saturday 23 February 2019

Fitz bunkering down for Kil'

Flynn out of Kingdom clash after ban upheld

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ahead of a crucial weekend for both him and his Kerry team, Éamonn Fitzmaurice has admitted it's easier for him to ignore criticism than it is for his players.

The increasing level of social media use among the younger generation means inter-county players are one click away from instant feedback at all times and Fitzmaurice has acknowledged that poses its own problems.

"At the moment I am off from work so I can go into the bunker and be hard to be got at," he explained ahead of a weekend where Kerry's continued participation in this year's All-Ireland SFC is largely in Galway's hands.

Should Monaghan win in Salthill at the same time as Kerry are playing Kildare in Killarney, the Kingdom's result will be inconsequential.

"I did after the Galway game.

"But I think I am from a slightly older generation than the lads in that I can actually put my phone out of my hand for five minutes and I can avoid my phone.


"Whereas I think for the players, it is challenging when they are put working and meeting people and so much of their lives are in their phones, it is hard to avoid a lot of it.

"You are meeting people in the street and people might mean the best in the world.

"But we can be direct in Kerry and that can be challenging for the players. It is all part of the learning process and the easiest way to create positivity is to win games "

Daniel Flynn will not be available for that game, unless Kildare management decide now to launch an appeal.

Flynn was sent off on a straight red card in the second half of Kildare's recent defeat to Galway in Newbridge after attempting to strike Seán Andy O Ceallaigh.


Linesman Joe McQuillan brought the incident to the attention of referee Sean Hurson and on Monday evening, the CHC upheld the decision at a hearing.

Remarkably, Flynn's was the ninth red card issued to an opposition player in a match against Galway this year.

Darren McCurry, Cillian O'Connor, Diarmuid O'Connor, Fintan Kelly, Eoghan O'Gara and Killian Young have all been hit with straight red cards in 2018 while Diarmuid O'Connor and Niall Scully were dismissed for double yellows during the League.

Kildare retain the option of bringing their case to the CAC but with nothing tangible riding on Saturday's result, may decide not to persist in their efforts.

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