THE Kerry senior football team has parted company with defence coach Donie Buckley – and there are no plans to replace him.
In a vague statement issued this Saturday, County Board Chairman, Tim Murphy, confirmed that the former Castleisland Desmonds clubman is no longer a member of the management team.
Murphy remarked: “It is not intended to make any further appointments to the senior football management team. The existing management team will continue to take responsibility for all aspects of team preparation and selection”.
The chairman thanked Buckley for his “very valuable contribution” to the development of players over the past 18 months and wished him the best in the future.
The board hasn’t commented further on what led to the decision to part company.
Buckley, the former manager of the Clare senior team, worked as a defensive coach with Mayo for six years prior to joining Peter Keane’s set-up.
He also worked with Mickey Ned O’Sullivan with the Limerick seniors and he had a brief spell as a coach with Kerry during Jack O’Connor’s tenure.
Buckley took much of the credit for Kerry’s impressive form last season when they reached the National League final and forced Dublin to a replay in the All-Ireland decider.
But the defence has come under the spotlight this season and several commentators have observed that Kerry struggle when opponents ran at the them through the centre.
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