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Jack O’Connor has been appointed as Kildare senior team football manager.
The former Kerry boss, who guided the Kingdom to All-Ireland glory in 2004, 2006 and 2009, has agreed a three-year term to succeed the departed Cian O’Neill.
His appointment comes as no major surprise given his coaching involvement with Moorefield, the current Kildare county champions, where his sons Cian and Eanna have been involved for many years.
Following his tenure as Kerry senior manager, O'Connor also won All-Ireland minor titles with his native county in 2014 and 2015. Most recently he has been in charge of the Kerry U20 team.
He has spent the last four years as Kerry U-20 manager without adding to that All-Ireland success.
O'Connor’s appointment comes as another major boost for Kildare football with Daniel Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Niall Kelly and Paul Cribbin all available for selection going into next year’s Allianz Leagues campaign.
This will offer a good mix of experience and youth as members of the All-Ireland-winning U20 panel move up to senior level.
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