FORMER All-Star goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy has been installed as the bookies’ favourite to succeed Eamonn Fitzmaurice as Kerry team manager.
A selector under both Jack O’Connor and Fitzmaurice, the popular Dingle man is seen as a safe pair of hands and he possesses the knowledge, tactical awareness and the passion to guide his county back to the top.
His odds were slashed from 5/1 to evens by Tyther Bookmarkers in Killorglin on Wednesday and they were offering 11/4 on Peter Keane, 7/2 on Jack O’Connor, 8/1 on both Maurice Fitzgerald and Pat O’Shea, 14/1 on Liam Kearns, Donie Buckley and John Sugrue and 25/1 on John Evans, Stephen Stack and Seamus Moynihan.
Boyle Bookmakers, meanwhile, were quoting odds of 1/2 on Murphy with Keane, O’Connor and Fitzgerald all on 4/1, O’Shea, Kearns and Moynihan on 8/1, Declan O’Sullivan and John Sugrue on 12/1 and Liam Hassett on 16/1.
Diarmuid Murphy, 42, who works in Killarney with AXA, replaced Rathmore’s Declan O’Keeffe as Kerry’s first choice goalkeeper in 2004 and won an All-Ireland medal, a National League title and an All-Star award that season.
He went on to win four All-Irelands and three All-Stars, becoming a selector under Jack O’Connor in 2011 and he held that role when Fitzmaurice took hold of the reins.
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