Kieran Kingston will have big names on board for return with Cork hurlers

Kieran Kingston will have big names on board for return with Cork hurlers
Cloyne native Diarmuid O'Sullivan is set for a return to the Cork set-up with Kieran Kingston. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE CORK hurling faithful are eagerly awaiting the appointment of the new hurling managers at senior, U20 and minor level.

Kieran Kingston will be returning to the manager’s role, a position he held in 2016 and 2017 and it’s believed he may be joined on the ticket by Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Ger Cunningham and Pat Mulcahy.

Kieran Kingston on the sideline with Douglas. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Kieran Kingston on the sideline with Douglas. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Newtown native Mulcahy was a contender for the top job and if he comes in with Kingston he will offer a fresh voice and hopefully add some defensive steel, with the pedigree from his playing days and coaching CIT and his club.

Cunningham was originally set to take charge of the U20s but is now poised to link up with the seniors, while The Rock was on board in Kingston’s first term 2017-’17.

There would certainly be no shortage of coaching prowess if that quartet are named.

On the U20 front, Pat Ryan has emerged as the clear favourite now that Cunningham it out of the equation.

Donal O'Mahony. Picture: Larry Cummins
Donal O'Mahony. Picture: Larry Cummins

He will work with Donal O’Mahony, a selector with John Meyler and a hurling driving force in Christians, former All-Star defender Wayne Sherlock, who in recent years has been involved with Blackrock’s seniors, and Youghal’s Brendan Coleman.

Imokilly’s highly-successful senior hurling manager Fergal Condon is also likely to be included in Ryan’s selection committee. Condon has led the division to back-to-back county titles and they are favourites to retain the Seán Óg Murphy Cup, with St Finbarr’s next up in the semi-final.

The Aghada club man was this season involved in the U20 backroom with Denis Ring.

As regards the position of minor boss, it has now emerged that there are now some doubts regarding Jimmy Barry-Murphy coming on board in that role.

JBM had been offered the chance to come back in, despite the strong claims of U16 development squad boss Jamie Wall and U15 manager Noel Furlong.

Charleville coach Ben O'Connor. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Charleville coach Ben O'Connor. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former ace Cork forwards Seanie McGrath and Ben O’Connor, who delivered with Charleville last year, are also strongly linked with positions in the minor management team. McGrath was previously involved in the senior set-up with Barry-Murphy.

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