Pat Ryan has emerged as the front-runner for the Cork U20 hurling manager’s job.
Ryan, who led Sarsfields to county SHC titles in 2012 and 2014, was a selector and then coach of the county senior side under Kieran Kingston’s management. Ger Cunningham, former Cork goalie and senior coach, had been the favourite up to now for the U20 position.
The 1999 All-Ireland winner Ryan is expected to have Donal O’Mahony - a senior selector under John Meyler for the past two years, and the driving force behind Harty Cup hurling in Christians - as part of his backroom team as he takes over from Denis Ring.
Ronan Curran, who is about to lead St Finbarr’s into a county senior hurling semi-final against Imokilly, could also be involved.
Kingston is expected to return to the senior post while Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s appointment as minor manager is also believed to be imminent.
Barry-Murphy guided Cork to All-Ireland glory in the grade in 1995. Seánie McGrath, another All-Ireland winner from 1999, is expected to be a selector, having filled a similar role at senior level during Barry-Murphy’s second term in charge, from 2012-15.