Kildare GAA have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement saying that they have made no decision yet on the identity of the Lilywhite's next senior football manager.

A piece in the Irish Independent linked former Kerry boss Jack O’Connor with the post left vacant after Cian O’Neill stepped down earlier in the summer.

Normally this sort of speculation goes unremarked upon by counties, though the Kildare County Board issued a statement online.

It was brief and to the point, reading: "Kildare GAA wish to state that there is no decision made on the position of the Kildare senior football manager."

O’Connor led his native Kerry to three Sam Maguire wins across two spells in charge in 2004, ’06 and ’09. He also got the ball rolling on the Kingdom’s current five in-a-row of All-Ireland minor wins before stepping up to manage the county’s Under-20s.

His sons Cian and Éanna both live in Kildare and won county and provincial titles with Newbridge club Moorefield.

Kildare’s most successful recent spell was under Kerry legend Mick O’Dwyer, when they reached the 1998 All-Ireland final.

Other names closely linked with the job are Lilywhite legends Glenn Ryan and Anthony Rainbow working together. The pair were part of Micko's team that lost the ’98 All-Ireland final to Galway.

Kildare made some progress under O’Neill over the past four years, reaching last year’s Super 8s and knocking out Mayo in the qualifiers, but they failed to win promotion from Division 2 of the league this spring, were hammered by Dublin in Leinster and bundled out of the qualifiers by Tyrone.