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Ex-Kerry and Cork senior trainer takes over as boss of 2014 Munster club football champions

Pat Flanagan is now at the helm of Tralee club Austin Stacks.

Austin Stacks were crowned Kerry champions in 2014.
Austin Stacks were crowned Kerry champions in 2014.
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2014 MUNSTER SENIOR club football champions Austin Stacks have turned to a hugely experienced inter-county figure to be the new manager of their senior football team.

Pat Flanagan has a wealth of inter-county experience from training the Kerry and Cork senior footballers, along with having a role with the Waterford hurlers.

He will take charge for the 2017 campaign after Stephen Stack recently stepped down from that position. Stack had been in charge for the 2014 Kerry and Munster title wins.

This year Flanagan was part of Stack’s backroom team with Austin Stacks bowing out at the quarter-final stage of the Kerry senior championship with a 0-15 to 0-12 defeat to a Kenmare District side who went on to contest the final.

Flanagan was an All-Ireland winning trainer with Kerry during Jack O’Connor’s first spell in charge.

In 2014 and 2015 he trained the Cork footballers when Brian Cuthbert was at the helm.

Austin Stacks 2014 triumph saw them end a 20-year wait for a Kerry senior football crown. They also recently contested the 2013 and 2010 county senior deciders, losing both to Dr Crokes.

After that county final win two years, the Tralee club went on to defeat Waterford’s The Nire as they were crowned Munster senior champions before losing in the 2015 All-Ireland club semi-final to Derry’s Slaughtneil.

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