Management discussion in a number of counties

first_imgDespite their All-Ireland exit at the hands of Dublin last month, some good news for the Kerry senior footballers this morning with confirmation that Eamonn Fitzmaurice is staying on for another two years. He was ratified by the County Board last night and will take his term to the end of the 2018 Championships. Having taken over in 2012, he led Kerry to All-Ireland glory in 2014. His team bowed out of the 2016 instalment with a two point loss to Dublin in the semi-finals. Under his reign, Kerry have only lost three times in the Championship – all to the Dubs. His backroom team have yet to be confirmed. Things are less clear in Tyrone where Mickey Harte’s request for an extension to his own term has been rejected by the county board. Harte’s current agreement expires at the end of the 2017 Championship, he had requested a further year but no dice so far from Tyrone. Harte is the longest serving manager in the country, he won a first Ulster title since 2010 this year and went out of the Championship with a one point loss to Mayo in the quarters. And there’s a call too from the Donegal captain Michael Murphy this morning for his own manager – Rory Gallagher – to remain on beyond next year. Gallagher was before his County Board this week to review the year – they’re the beaten Ulster finalists and also succumbed to Dublin, in the quarters. Roscommon’s joint-manager Fergal O’Donnell – and two of his selectors – have vacated their positions saying the decision has been made ‘in the best interests of Roscommon football’ and indicating that they didn’t want the ‘inevitable distraction of a potentially divisive contest for the position of manager’ between O’Donnell and the other joint manager Kevin McStay. It’s a short end to the agreed three year stint, the statement also says ‘a concerted effort had been made to undermine and disparage’ him but not from management or the players. The Roscommon County Board have issued a statement of their own to thank Fergal O’Donnell, David Casey and Stephen Bohan and to confirm the Management Committee will meet tonight to discuss the 2017 management ticket. last_img

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