Kerry GAA have been on the search for a new hurling manager after Ciarán Carey stepped away from the set-up after a remarkable 2016.
The Kingdom have today announced that Fintan O’Connor will take charge of the side for two years initially, with the option of a third.
O’Connor has a wealth of experience, and there is a real belief that he can continue the good work of Carey in the coming years.
He has been a selector for Waterford under Derek McGrath over the last two years, as the Déise embarked on an upward spiral which has seen them reach back-to-back All-Ireland semi-finals, as well as triumphing in the National Hurling League in 2015.
He has also been a selector for Waterford IT over the past three seasons, as well as managing club sides Cappoquin and Fourmilewater.
The Kingdom solidified their Division 1B status in 2016 by recording victories over Laois (twice) and Offaly.
However, they failed to qualify for the Leinster Hurling Championship quarter-finals, but the manner in which they handled themselves in their first full year at hurling’s top table leaves real hope for the future.
Fintan O’Connor’s appointment comes as they aim to bring that momentum into 2017.
Via Kerry GAA.