O’Shea appointed in Kerry

30 November 2006
Pat O’Shea was installed as the new Kerry senior football manager at a specially convened county board meeting in Tralee on Wednesday night, November 29.

O’Shea has been appointed for just one year because of his position as Games Manager of the Munster Council, but his employers intend to review the situation with a view to extending his term of office beyond 2007.

The Dr Crokes clubman’s backroom team won’t be named until next week, with the names being ratified at the county convention on December 14. Kerry chairman Sean Walsh explained that the new manager needed more time to finalise his selectors.

“At the moment, Pat is talking to people in relation to putting a management team together and obviously he felt that he would be in a stronger position after tonight,” he said.

“He will come back with a team management in place hopefully on Monday but we had to move things on by virtue of the fact that the team will be out of the country for two weeks and then a lot of them will be going away again with the All-Stars.”

Walsh also apologised for the delay in appointing a successor to Jack O’Connor.

“Much talk has been going on as to the delay in the appointment but we had other matters to deal with and get an agreement on before we could put tonight’s meeting in place, and that is why we are at such a late stage after the All-Ireland.”

O’Shea, who was not in attendance, said afterwards that he was honoured to take charge of the All-Ireland champions.