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kerry tight Rumours of mutiny in Kerry camp are 'pure fiction', says Paul Murphy

The Kingdom's new captain says they are a united front and are anxious to ‘right the wrongs' on last year


Kerry's Paul Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry's Paul Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry's Paul Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Paul Murphy has blasted discredited rumours of post-championship mutiny in the Kerry football camp as “an act of pure fiction” but also an unfortunate part of today’s social media world.

Murphy chose his first media appearance as new Kerry captain to emphasise a united front in the Kingdom as they seek to “right the wrongs” of last year’s shock SFC exit to Cork.

But he conceded there was nothing the players could do about the subsequent rumblings of an alleged revolt against manager Peter Keane, which surfaced in late November, other than to refute them completely and move on.

“There was a message that went sort of, you’d call it WhatsApp viral, and the only piece of truth in the message was that we had a meeting,” Murphy said last night.

“I mean, the rest of it was just an act of pure fiction. We had a meeting at the end of the year, a review that we do at the end of every season, and we do it during the season as well.

“And, you know, it was disappointing to see rumours like that surfacing. It spread like wildfire, and the guys who were mentioned in those messages… they’d a tough few days. The phones were hopping by then.

“Look, I think it’s part of modern life unfortunately. But as a group we came out of that meeting knowing that we were all pulling in the one direction – players backing management, management backing players, and even at that stage we were looking forward to get back at it and to try and right the wrongs.”

The Rathmore clubman, 29, has already moved on from that sulphurous sideshow.

“If you go on Twitter, there’s a pile-on on somebody else every week. It just so happened that, that given week, it was us and it was on WhatsApp maybe more than Twitter,” he recalled.

“It’s just something you just deny; you deny things every time you’re asked. But, you know, some people probably will believe those rumours until their dying day! And there’s nothing you can do about that.

“As I said earlier, we’re very happy with the set-up we have in terms of management of the backroom, and we’re very happy with the panel of players we have. We’re looking forward to getting back at it. Hopefully there’ll be some more positive rumours and positive stories about us.”

Murphy, an All-Ireland winner and All Star in 2014, his maiden season, he is aiming to banish the blues of last November.

But he wasn’t convinced by post-mortem suggestions that Kerry set up too defensively against Cork. “Hindsight is sort of 20-20. If you win, everything you do is correct and right. If you lose, everything is questioned. That’s just the nature of things,” he said.

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