HAVING announced he was stepping down after Cork’s defeat to Dublin in the ladies All-Ireland semi-final it now looks like manager Ephie Fitzgerald has had a change of mind.
The Nemo club man is expected to return and his reappointment to be ratified by the Cork Ladies Football Board at a meeting in the coming days.
Fitzgerald, speaking after the Dublin game, said he felt it was right for him to go and that maybe a fresh voice would help drive the team on.
But it is believed that a number of players approached him in recent weeks to return and after considering the matter, he has agreed to return.
He meant both the board and players in the last week or so and is already starting to put his backroom team together.
Whilst Ephie will be hoping to keep most, if not all, of those with him for the last year of so, question marks over James Masters role will be on his mind.
The former Nemo star indicated he wants to take a step back next season for family reasons, especially after a hetic year when he was also involved with the All-Ireland winning Cork minor footballers, but no doubt Ephie will be hoping to convince him otherwise.
During his time in charge, Fitzgerald led Cork to All-Ireland success in the first year he took over, but since then the title has eluded him, losing in two semi-finals and a final.
He has also won several league and Munster titles, but it is probably his desire to win the All-Ireland that is bringing him back and no doubt he feels there is some unfinished business in this regard.