Kelly takes Tipp football reins

November 02, 2023

Paul Kelly managed Thomas Davis to the 2019 Dublin SFC final. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Paul Kelly has been installed as the new Tipperary football manager on a three-year term.

The Dubliner succeeds 2020 Munster SFC winning manager David Power after being linked with the vacancies in Laois and Offaly, which have since been filled by Justin McNulty and Declan Kelly respectively. Kelly led his club Thomas Davis to a Dublin SFC final appearance in 2019 and then went on to manage Naas - only to resign just days before their 2021 Kildare SFC semi-final win over Maynooth.

He was part of the Wicklow management team under Oisín McConville this year and will have former Garden County full back Hugh Kenny and Blessington's Paddy O'Connor as his selectors. Adrian O'Brien, Michael O'Sullivan, Paul Fitzgerald and Michael Byrnes make up the rest of the backroom team.

Tipperary football committee chairman Conor O'Dwyer commented: "I am delighted with the management team we have put in place for the next three years.

"All involved bring a wealth of experience across all aspects of football coaching and management and places Tipperary football in a strong position to progress and prosper.

"In particular, in Paul Kelly, I believe we have a man with the footballing experience, organisational ability and passion to succeed, to successfully lead Tipperary football over the next few years.

"We wish him and his team well as they start out on this journey and will do all we can to support them along the way."


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