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O'Connor won three All-Ireland titles during two terms in charge of his native Kingdom. Former manager Cian O'Neill stepped down last month after four seasons at the helm. The speculation has led to the Kildare county Board releasing a brief statement, insisting no decision has been made.
His biggest moment came when Orchestrating the win over Mayo.
That was the culmination of the "Newbridge or nowhere" saga. Kildare also got to the Leinster final under O'Neill's guidance, where they were comprehensively beaten by Dublin. There had been speculation linking O'Connor to taking up the the Kerry job for a third time earlier this year.
That was following the departure of Maurice Fitzgerald.
Since his second spell in charge of the Kerry senior team, O'Connor has overseen the county underage teams. Kerry minors won Munster and the All-Ireland in The under's won the All-Ireland on O'Connor's watch.
Familiar The Kildare link will not be a complete bolt from the blue as O'Connor has been involved with Kildare club side Moorefield The Curragh club won a Leinster title in Kildare may not have the obvious glories of the Mick O'Dwyer days in the late nineties and early noughties but there is a sense in the county that something is bubbling.
That confidence, for once in Kidare's case may not be misplaced.
Kildare have been in six Leinster minor finals since , winning four and are the current holders. While the Under team won the All-Ireland title. The combination of club and underage success within the county with the proven winning experience at all levels of the game is what the Kildar county board is banking on for success.
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