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Sunday 23 September 2018

Keane in top spot for Kerry position

Kerry manager Peter Keane. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry manager Peter Keane. Photo: Sportsfile

Peter Keane is now the odds-on favourite to take over from Éamonn Fitzmaurice as Kerry senior football manager after Jack O'Connor distanced himself from a third spell in charge.

Keane led the Kerry minors to Sunday's All-Ireland victory, the Kingdom's fifth in succession and intimated he would be open to discussing the job with the relevant parties in the county board.

"At the end of the day, you have to be asked," he stressed. "This isn't something that there's an application form for, not that I'm aware anyway."

Speaking to local radio in Kerry, O'Connor appeared to rule himself out of the running, suggesting he would like another year with county's Under-20 team.

"I had two goes at it now and I think that might be enough for me," he said of the senior post.

"I'm getting a great kick out of being involved with the U20s.

"We were a bit disappointed this year. We were close. That's where my future lies, to be honest with you."

A selection committee comprising county chairman Tim Murphy, secretary Peter Twiss, development officer Eamon Murphy and coaching officer Terence Houlihan are expected to put their preferred candidate to club delegates at a committee meeting on October 8.

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