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Kerry backroom staff up for debate

JACK O'CONNOR will be ratified as Kerry manager tonight for a further three years though the make-up of his backroom team remains shrouded in mystery, writes Conor McKeon.

Eamon Fitzmaurice's decision to step down as a selector after two years alongside O'Connor has led to the Dromid man seeking a new sideline colleague and while initial speculation indicated that former Limerick trainer, Donie Buckley, would be coming aboard, that possibility seems to have gone cold in the water.

Instead, two recent Kerry players are thought to be in the running. Seamus Moynihan has been an unofficial member of the management team since O'Connor's re-appointment in 2008 and he may yet step up to the selector role.

However, recent talk in the Kingdom has indicated that former goalkeeper, Brendan Murphy, will succeed Fitzmaurice.

Murphy retired from playing at intercounty level after last year's All-Ireland success and is thought to have a good relationship with the majority of the panel members.

Ger O'Keeffe is set to stick with O'Connor as the team's other selector. Kerry were beaten by All-Ireland finalists, Down, at the quarter-final stage when they were without the suspended Tomás ó Sé and Paul Galvin.