Kerry fans have voiced concerns about their team’s defence-oriented tactical approach after last Sunday’s unexpected championship exit at the hands of fierce rivals Cork.
When asked the open-ended question ‘what went wrong?’ in a poll carried out online by the Killarney Advertiser, defensive or negative tactics were mentioned in 25% of the answers provided. Team selection was the next most popular explanation with 16%.
Kerry appeared to be “more focused on defence than attack” according to one fan, while another claimed that “negative team selection and tactics” were to blame.
“Management went with a certain game plan, which is fair enough, but deciding not to change it up at some point was disappointing,” read another response.
Poor shooting and decision-making were the next most-cited factors at 14% each.
Around 45% of respondents said that Sunday’s result is as bad as the infamous defeats to Meath and Armagh in 2001 and 2002, while a further 23% ranked it as the worst Kerry defeat this century.
A significant portion of supporters disagreed with this assessment, however: 26% said the Cork defeat was bad “but not as bad as Meath or Armagh”, while the remaining 6% felt that it didn’t rank amongst Kerry’s worst results since 2000 at all.
When asked if Kerry or Cork deserved to win the closely-fought encounter, almost three out of four (73%) of Kerry fans said that The Rebels were worthy winners.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the vast majority (85%) of Kerry supporters believe that Cork will go on to beat Tipperary in the Munster final, but few believe they can go all the way and win the All-Ireland. Just 1% of those polled think that Cork will lift Sam Maguire in December.
Unsurprisingly, most Kerry fans (77%) predict that reigning champions Dublin will retain their title and make it six-in-a-row, with 11% opting for Donegal and the remaining 11% choosing Mayo.
As for the team Kerry fans want to win the All-Ireland, that’s an entirely different story. Just 5% of participants said they hope that Dublin prevail (these people are more than likely of the opinion that if anyone is going to stop the Dubs, it should be us).
One in eight supporters (12%) would like to see Pádraig Joyce’s Galway go all the way while a little under a quarter (23%) will be rooting for Donegal.
But there are no doubts about which team the largest number of Kerry fans will be throwing their weight behind now that The Kingdom are out of the championship. Almost half (46%) of Kerry supporters said they hope that Mayo break their curse and win their first All-Ireland senior football title since 1951.
Séamus Moynihan tops Kerry manager poll ahead of Jack O’Connor and Peter Keane
by Adam Moynihan
Although it now appears as though he could be a selector on the Stephen Stack ticket, four-time All-Ireland winner Séamus Moynihan has topped our ‘Next Kerry Manager’ poll by collecting over one-third of the overall vote.
Around 37% of respondents said that Moynihan should be the next Kerry boss with 23% of fans backing former manager Jack O’Connor. The team’s most recent bainisteoir, Peter Keane, received 18% of the votes.
Another former manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, is next in line on 10%, although it is believed that he is not willing to return to the fold due to work commitments.
In addition to the four main candidates mentioned above, readers were also invited to nominate their own preferred candidate. This open field threw up 16 more names with former Kerry and Dr Crokes manager Pat O’Shea the most popular entry. The Killarney man received around 3.5% of the vote.
Donie Buckley got roughly half as many votes as O’Shea, and the other prospective managers ended up with less than 1% each.
Glenflesk native Moynihan enjoyed a glittering playing career for The Kingdom between 1992 and 2006, the highlight perhaps coming in the year 2000 when he captained his county to All-Ireland glory. He has since taken on coaching roles with his own club and with Fossa and was part of Darragh Ó Sé’s Kerry U21 management team in 2015.
It had been suggested that Monaghan’s defensive coach Donie Buckley would be part of the Moynihan ticket. Buckley was also a member of Peter Keane’s backroom team, but Keane relieved him of his duties in the early stages of the 2020 season.
However, after this survey was completed, Tony Leen of the Irish Examiner reported that Moynihan and Buckley are, indeed, part of the same ticket, but the manager’s name attached is that of current Killarney Legion boss Stephen Stack.
Stack himself had a long and distinguished playing career with The Kingdom and as a manager led Austin Stacks to the County Championship in 2014 and Legion to an East Kerry Championship in 2019.
The Listowel native is also rumoured to be calling on Dara Ó Cinnéide and Mickey Ned O’Sullivan as selectors, with Joe O’Connor filling the role of strength and conditioning coach.
Stack was not considered to be a realistic candidate at the time of the survey; he was one of the 14 managers who received less than 1% of the vote.
KERRY SUPPORTERS SURVEY
Q: Who should be the next manager of the Kerry senior football team?
Séamus Moynihan 36.7%
Jack O’Connor 23.4%
Peter Keane 18.1%
Eamonn Fitzmaurice 10%
Pat O’Shea 3.5%
Donie Buckley 1.6%
(Carried out online on September 21/22. 431 respondents.)
*Mike Quirke, John Sugrue, Jim McGuinness, Jim Gavin, Jerry O’Sullivan, Maurice Fitzgerald, Tomás Ó Sé, Johnny Crowley, Stephen Stack, Kieran Donaghy, John Evans, Paul Galvin, Marc Ó Sé, Liam Kearns.
Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s
By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]
By Sean Moriarty
Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.
Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.
The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.
Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.
His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.
“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.
Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.
The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.
“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.
The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.
The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.
“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.
The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.
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