Fitzmaurice named U-21 boss

By Murt Murphy for Kerry gaa.ie 
Three times All-Ireland medal winner Eamon Fitzmaurice, who was a surprise pick by Jack O'Connor back in 2009, when O'Connor embarked on a second coming, to be part of the Kerry Senior management, because of his age, was last night ratified as Kerry's new U-21 boss by delegates at the Co Board meeting in Tralee.

The Finuge club man was considered a vital cog in the Kerry machine, working away behind the scenes on video analysis in his two year stint, and was also very well respected by the players.
Fitzmaurice will now take on what many consider a poisoned chalice, as he replaces John Kennedy, as Kerry try and recover from a twenty two point Munster final mauling at the hands of Cork.
Back in August last year, in the wake of Kerry's loss to Down in the All-Ireland quarterfinal Fitzmaurice explained his decision "It's been pretty full-on for two years and I thought it was a good idea to take a year out now at this stage," said Fitzmaurice. "Also, from the players' point of view, it is no harm to keep things fresh by shaking up the management team."

Fitzmaurice, who teaches in PS Chorca Dhuibhne and led their U-16 side, to Munster and Kerry Colleges titles this year, has been given a two year term and his early appointment means that he will be able to spot prospective talent in the county championship that starts in June.
Fitzmaurice still plays with his club Finuge and is considered a future Kerry senior boss if he wishes to go down that road.
Fitzmaurice has yet to name his management team but it is believed that Kerry boss Jack O'Connor will welcome this appointment though it may work out, that there will not be too many crossing over from U-21 to senior grade next season.

County Board Chairman Jerome Conway was happy with the appointment which was unanimously ratified by delegates "We are delighted to have someone of Eamon's calibre taking up such an important position. We decided to appoint a replacement for John Kennedy early as the new man ( Eamon Fitzmaurice) will have a chance to take in the County Championship and the closing stages of the Club Championships so as he will be able to run his eye over emerging talent"

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 10 May 2011 06:47)