Ex-Down boss Paddy Tally will be part of Jack O'Connor's staff if he's offered the Kerry job 3 weeks ago

Ex-Down boss Paddy Tally will be part of Jack O'Connor's staff if he's offered the Kerry job

The Kerry County board are set to select their new manager over the coming weekend.

Jack O'Connor has won three All-Irelands, and has already managed Kerry on two separate occasions already.

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He most recently guided Kildare to league promotion and a Leinster final, but despite having another year on his contract he left his position as manager.

Soon after, the Kerry county board revealed that they were looking for their next manager, and although they never stated that they were parting ways with Peter Keane, who managed them the last three years, he would have to re-apply for the role.

With many names thrown into the hat, such as Donie Buckley, and former All-Ireland-winning captains Seamus Moynihan and Dara O Cinnéide, as coaches.

O'Connor has strengthened his bid, by including Paddy Tally as a key member of the backroom team, a coach with huge experience in county football.

Tally has won an All-Ireland with his native Tyrone side, as he worked with Mickey Harte's team on the strength and conditioning side of things.

He then went on to work with Derry and Down, before getting a job as the Galway manager. Shortly afterwards he secured the job as head coach of the Down county team, only parting ways with them this summer.

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The University lecture has also been very successful coaching the St Mary's Sigerson team to All-Ireland success, and might just be the tipping point to edge O'Connor as the frontrunner for The Kingdom job.