statement thanks Keane, defends O’Connor nomination

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The Kerry GAA board has had a busy few days between defending Jack O’Connor’s nomination and thanking Peter Keane

O’Connor has been given a two-year term on the county team along with selectors Diarmuid Murphy and Micheál Quirke.

The board has expressed their full support for the newly elected boss after questions were raised about the selection process. Some club representatives felt it was unfair that Peter Keane’s three-year contract with the team was cut this summer.

Many felt he was not given a good chance as his term was hit by two years of Covid-19 lockdowns. His last game in charge of the province was the semi-final defeat to eventual champion, Tyrone.

In a statement released yesterday, the board thanked the former boss and his backroom for the work they had done over the past two years.

Discussions broke out at the GAA’s most recent board meeting

Kerry GAA chairman Tim Murphy has strongly rejected claims that Keane was treated with disrespect. He has said that he was in constant contact with him and made him fully aware that the executive’s decision for the manager from 2022 would be decided by “a competitive process”.

The chairman has also rejected claims that O’Connor’s appointment was a foregone conclusion before Keane’s resignation.

“The suggestion that it was a foregone conclusion going back three weeks ago, four weeks ago is totally false, totally untrue and totally unfounded,” Murphy said at a Zoom meeting.

“It’s being brought out by individuals in the media who want to undermine us as a selection committee, who want to undermine us as a district committee, and who want to undermine us as an executive.”

Former Waterford pitcher Stephen Molumphy was also decided to serve as Kerry’s senior hurling manager for a two-year stay. The ex-Déise and Wexford selector will be joined by Pat Bennett, Brendan O’Sullivan and Shane Briggs.

James Costello will also continue as county minor manager for his fourth season as manager.

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