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Seamus Moynihan Has No Doubts About Future Kerry Manager

10 September 2022; East Kerry selector Seamus Moynihan during the Kerry Senior Football Championship Round 1 match against Kerins O'Rahilly's at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Seamus Moynihan answered "Yes" without hesitation when asked if he expects Tomás Ó Sé to one day become Kerry manager.

Moynihan was a selector with the Kerry U20s this season as Ó Sé led the Kingdom to the Munster title, a victory whihc was followed by defeat to Sligo in the All-Ireland semi-final.

"Tomás is definitely well up there as the next choice for Kerry senior manager," Moynihan told the BBC's The GAA Social podcast.

"It wouldn't surprise me one bit. I think he'd be very interested. To be fair, he would be very good as well."

Moynihan, who won two All-Irelands under Jack O'Connor in 2004 and 2006, said the current Kingdom boss, who is in his third stint at the helm, is "playing a blinder".

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22 September 2002; Kerry manager Paidi Ó Sé has a word with nephew Tomas Ó Sé, centre, and full-back Seamus Moynihan prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Armagh and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

"Jack trained me from 2004 - 2006. He was a really, really good manager," said Kerry legend Moynihan, a four-time All-Ireland winner.

"He came as a totally different character to Páidí Ó Sé. He had been involved with Páidí for a long time. Jack was a selector with Páidí in '97, a selector in '00, and in 2004 he took over.


"I know Páidí would have felt that he got shafted in 2003 and didn't want to go. I was a great admirer and fan of Páidí but I still felt it was the right think for Kerry that a new man came in. Unfortunately, I think that Páidí had lost half the dressing room by 2003. We had just taken a couple of hits.


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26 September 2004; Kerry's Seamus Moynihan has a word with manager Jack O'Connor before coming on as a substitute. Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran.

"Jack came in, wrote his own story and in three years won two All-Irelands and lost one. Jack has done so well. He's come back again, won the All-Ireland and he's found himself back in an All-Ireland final again. He's a very astute man, a really good manager who has surrounded himself with good people.


"If Jack ever decides to take a step back, I think Tomás would certainly be a person that would put up his hand. Tomás has real interest and is very good at his job too."

Asked about the possibility of himself one day being Kerry senior manager, Moynihan replied: "I don't know, at the minute possibly not.

"I'm just looking at the commitment that's required, the experience and time that your require for this gig, it's absolutely unbelievable. It's not for everyone. It's a seven day a week job and you are putting a huge amount of time [into it].


"As of right now, if I was a betting man, I would say, no."

Moynihan was reported to be part of star-studded management team, led by Stephen Stack, which was in contention for the job prior to Jack O'Connor's appointment.

See Also: Joe Brolly Certain About Dublin Vs Kerry All-Ireland Final Outcome




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