Fewer than one in five Kerry football supporters think Kerry will win the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, according to a new survey carried out by the Killarney Advertiser.
When asked to predict how Kerry will fare in this year’s championship, 18% of respondents said that Kerry will go all the way with 44% stating that a semi-final exit is the most likely outcome. 17% of fans surveyed think that Kerry will reach the All-Ireland final but come up just short of the ultimate prize, while a further 17% foresee elimination at the Super 8s stage.
4% of our less optimistic readers think The Kingdom will fail to make it past the qualifiers.
Many observers consider Kerry to be in a period of transition under new manager Peter Keane but expectations for this season remain relatively high amongst the county’s football followers. 55% of fans believe that the Green and Gold need to at least reach the All-Ireland final for 2019 to be classed as a “good year” and a further 20% feel that nothing less than reclaiming the Sam Maguire will suffice.
However, the survey does also appear to indicate that many Kerry fans are willing to be patient with this young and up-and-coming team when it comes to going all the way. Over half of the supporters surveyed expect Kerry to win their next All-Ireland in 2021 or after, with a quarter predicting success in 2020.
Fans are generally happy with the progress being made under Peter Keane with 78% of respondents stating that they are confident that Kerry are heading in the right direction.
Looking to this weekend’s Munster final, Kerry supporters don’t appear to be too worried about the challenge posed by old foes Cork. A whopping 93% of the fans who were surveyed think that The Kingdom will claim their seventh consecutive provincial title in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday night.
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