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O'Connor set to get new three-year term in Kerry

JACK O'CONNOR is set to be ratified for a new three-year term in charge of the Kerry footballers next Monday night. O'Connor was expected to stay on for at least another year after the Kingdom surrendered their All-Ireland crown to Down last month but it is understood that he has requested a longer spell in order to rebuild the ageing team.

The Dromid Pearse's clubman has also asked that he be given an advisory role in all Kerry teams from U16 up, after another barren year for underage success in the county. O'Connor won two All-Ireland titles in his first stint in charge of the Kingdom between 2004 and 2006 and added a third upon reassuming office last year from Pat O'Shea but suspensions to Paul Galvin and Tomás ó sé deprived him of two of Kerry's standout players and they were beaten by the Mourne men.

MONAGHAN'S Damien Freeman, has pleaded with the Farney County Board to reconsider their decision to force Seamus McEnaney to apply for the job of senior football manager after he decided not to put his name forward.

McEnaney had been given the backing of the county board's executive and was expected to be ratified for a further three years but club delegates voted against his automatic ratification and instead, decided to invite candidates to apply for the job. Freeman stated that players will now meet and decide on their next move but appealed to the county board to reverse their decision.

"We have to discuss what we need to do as a group but personally, I'd like to see the county board go back to Seamus and reconsider things," said Freeman.

"I think for anybody looking at it, they have been sending him mixed signals. They were backing him for the job one minutes and then changed their minds the next. We're very disappointed by it and I think we've lost one of the top management groups in Seamus, Paul Grimley, Martin McElkennon and Adrian Trappe. Seamus brought this county up from number 28 in the country to competing with the top boys," added the Magheracloone man.