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Dr Crokes On Lookout For New Manager As Pat O’Shea Steps Down

Dr Crokes On Lookout For New Manager As Pat O’Shea Steps Down

Less than a week has passed since Dr Crokes were humbled by Corofin in the AIB All-Ireland Club Football Final and already the Killarney club has been rocked by the resignation of spectral coach Pat O'Shea.

The 52-year-old returned to his beloved Crokes in 2016 and delivered successive Kerry Senior Championships, two Munster Championships and of course, last year's All-Ireland Club Championship, only the second time the East Kerry side have captured club football's biggest prize.

O'Shea is considered one of the greatest minds currently working in the game and previously led Kerry to an All-Ireland football title in 2007, beating arch-rivals Cork in a one-sided final.

O'Shea's decision comes on the eve of the club's return to league action in Kerry, with the committee announcing that Edmund O'Sullivan would be put in charge for tomorrow's encounter with Kerins O'Rahily's.

They went on to say that the Club Executive would meet in the week to ratify a decision on a permanent managerial solution if needed.

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Of O'Shea, they thanked a man that they described had made an "enormous contribution" to their recent success, but were also quick to point out that his decision was a personal one.

The Club announces that Pat O'Shea has stepped down as manager of our Senior Football Team. This was Pat's own decision and he will be taking up other roles within the Club.

We thank Pat for his enormous contribution to Dr Crokes over the past 3 years during which time he delivered one All Ireland, two Munster Championships, three County Championships as well as County Club, County League and an East Kerry Championships.

We play in Division 1 of the County League tomorrow against Kerins O Rahllys and the team will be managed by Edmund O Sullivan and the rest of the existing management team.

The Club Executive will meet during the next week to formally consider what, if any, changes will be made in the management team and will be announcing the result as soon as possible following that meeting.

SEE ALSO: The Balls.ie Club Hurling Championship Team Of The Year 2018-19

Dylan Ryan

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