Thursday 14 December 2017

O'Neill bolstered by All Star Kildare backroom team

Cian O’Neill brings in a strong back room team to start in 2016
Cian O’Neill brings in a strong back room team to start in 2016

Kildare have unveiled a strong management team to work under new senior football boss Cian O'Neill in 2016.

The former Kerry and Mayo coach has confirmed Bryan Murphy, Brian Flanagan and Pádraig Brennan as his selectors for next season after succeeding Jason Ryan.

O'Neill actually worked as trainer to the Kildare minors in 2009 when Murphy - also a former Under 21 boss - was manager while Brennan was a prominent member of the Lilywhites team during Mick O'Dwyer's second coming in charge.

Flanagan, meanwhile, retired at the end of last year at just 29 years of age after suffering a cruciate ligament in 2013 and never recovering full fitness.

He was an ever present during Kieran McGeeney's six year reign as Kildare manager.

O'Neill's departure from the Kerry management team has prompted Eamonn Fitzmaurice to reshuffling his backroom.

The Kingdom supremo has chosen to promote Padraig Corcoran to the role of trainer vacated by O'Neill, it was officially announced yesterday.

Previously, Corcoran had acted as the team team's strength and conditioning coach.

In addition, Liam Hassett - who won an All-Ireland with the Kingdom in 1997 - has been added to Fitzmaurice's backroom team as a selector.

Diarmuid Murphy and Mikey Sheehy - both of whom have been in situ with Fitzmaurice since his appointment in 2012 - remain part of the ticket.

Mayo, meanwhile, will begin the process of identifying a replacement for the ousted pair of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly at next Monday's county board meeting.


The board will establish a sub-commitee to conduct interviews with individuals nominated by clubs.

Already, the Mayo players who were successful in their heave against the duo have requested representation on any group appointed to oversee the process in the form of ex-players.

Corofin manager Stephen Rochford remains the favourite to take over, though he revealed on Sunday after the club's win in the Galway SFC that he had yet to be contacted by the county board.

"I have said it, and I'm on record as saying that some day I would love to be in a position to manage Mayo," he added.

"Whether that is now or someday in the future I don't know. I haven't had any communication with the county board from them or for me."

James Horan's name has also been linked with the post and though he has backed the actions of his former players publicly, he has not yet declared an interest in resuming the role he held for four years prior to Holmes and Connelly's appointment.

Elsewhere, it is expected that all three of Dublin's Footballer of the Year nominees, Bernard Brogan, Jack McCaffrey and Philly McMahon, will be part of this year's International Rules squad.

Joe Kernan waited until last week before invited any member of either All-Ireland finalist up to his extended panel for the one game series against the Australians, to be played on November 21st, but the aforementioned trio are expected to be involved.

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