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28th Sep 2021

Darran O’Sullivan says that Kerry fans are “50/50” about Jack O’Connor appointment

Lee Costello

“I felt he was the only man to get the job.”

Few people know The Kingdom as well as Kerry legend, Darran O’Sullivan. The former county captain played for them, won for them and is still a big fan

The former flying forward also worked with the new Kerry manager, Jack O’Connor, in his previous two stints as boss, and he reveals what the feeling is in Kerry at the moment regarding the appointment.

“How is this going down in The Kingdom, has it been received well?” Asked Colm Parkinson, on the GAA Hour.

“To be honest, I would say it’s 50/50, I think a lot of people would see it as a backwards step, but personally I don’t.

“I’m also aware that I might be a bit biased, I had Jack for two stints, one of them he made me captain, and we won an All-Ireland, so I probably am a bit biased.

“For me in the build up to this, I felt he was the only man to get the job, once he picked a very good backroom team with him.

“For me, he is a manager, he’s not going to coach a team. I’m hoping now, he will bring in a couple of very good bodies with him, for the coaching and stuff, but for me he was the only one.

“He’s a proven winner, I don’t think Kerry can be going down the route of getting a new manager in, and hoping in the next two or three years, they will win an All-Ireland.

“I think it’s pushing on eight years now, this season coming, and taking a chance on a fella is just not good enough, they need to start winning.

“There’s no point in being there or there about, they have underachieved in the last couple of years.”

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