It could be Murphy’s law for the Kingdom

Flashback: Diarmuid Murphy being presented with his 2004 All-Star by GAA President Sean Kelly

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.

The odds from Tythers on Wednesday
How Boyle Sports were calling it

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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