Éamonn Fitzmaurice reappointed as Kerry manager

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has been reappointed for a further two years as Kerry senior football manager, following a meeting of the county board tonight.

Fitzmaurice’s side were narrowly beaten by Dublin in a thrilling All-Ireland SFC semi-final last month. Despite speculation he would leave his role Fitzmaurice has opted to continue.

The Finuge man has only suffered three Championship defeats – all to Dublin – in his time in charge of the Kingdom.

He led the Kingdom to an All Ireland semi-final in 2013 before winning the Sam Maguire in 2014. Last year Kerry lost to Dublin in the championship decider.

Fitzmaurice has been in charge since taking over from two-time manager Jack O’Connor for the 2013 season.

Tonight’s appointment will see him at the helm for a fifth year in 2017 having led Kerry to four successive Munster titles and an All-Ireland title in 2014. Should he complete the totality of his new term he will become the longest-serving Kerry manager since the great Páidí O’Sé.

The Kerry boss will announce his backroom team at a later date.

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