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Eamonn Fitzmaurice tips Kieran Donaghy for future Kerry management stardom

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07:02 11 Sep 2018


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As Kieran Donaghy looks at his trophy cabinet, he won't find much space to put anything else in there.

The Kerry legend called time on his successful inter-county career on Tuesday after 14 years on the panel.

It's an adventure that's brought the 35-year-old a multitude of All Ireland titles, eight Munster crowns and an All Star Footballer of the Year award.

But 2014 was arguably the sweetest victory of all for Austin Stacks club man, with that All Ireland campaign proving difficult at times before he rose to the occasion in the final against Donegal and played a significant role in bringing Sam Maguire back to the Kingdom.

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Former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was in charge back then and he joined Joe Molloy to pay tribute to one of the biggest personalities to have worn the green and gold jersey.

As he leaves his role as a player behind, Fitzmaurice is tipping him to make a successful transition into coaching.

"He's made for it. He's got a lot of the characteristics. He's very determined, he's hard-working, he has big energy levels and he's got great tactical awareness," said Fitzmaurice, who departed the Kerry role after this year's Championship.

"I think possibly from the basketball as well, he's got a great eye and he's brimming with ideas.

"He's definitely going to get involved in coaching and management. I can certainly see him being involved with Kerry teams sooner rather than later and certainly managing Kerry teams down the line. I think he ticks a lot of the boxes." 

Fitzmaurice also gave an insight into how Donaghy went from a low in 2014 to proving crucial in the semi final and decider, as well as his shift in role back in 2006, along with his strong character within the dressing room. 

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