Former Kerry boss Jack O’Connor is set to take over as manager of the Kildare senior footballers.
Cian O’Neill stepped down from the position after the Lilywhites exited this year’s championship in a heavy defeat to Tyrone in Newbridge in Round 3 of the qualifiers.
According to a report in The Irish Independent, O’Connor’s name will be ratified at the next Kildare County Board meeting where a three-year term will be confirmed.
O’Connor, of course, led Kerry to three All-Ireland titles in 2004, 2006 and 2009 and he added further All-Ireland honours with the Kerry minors in 2014 and 2015.
The 58-year-old Mastergeehy native has spent the last four years in charge of the Kerry U20 side and he won’t be going into his new role in unfamiliar territory as his sons, Eanna and Cian, are involved with Kildare county champions Moorefield.
O’Connor will also be familiar with much of the emerging talent in the county as he coached against the Kildare U20s who knocked out his Kerry U20s side in the 2018 All-Ireland semi-final.
The Lilywhites went on to win the All-Ireland that year.