Kieran Kingston, Ger Cunningham and JBM still at the head of the queue for Cork hurling jobs

Kieran Kingston, Ger Cunningham and JBM still at the head of the queue for Cork hurling jobs
Kieran Kingston was Douglas selector this year. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE process to appoint the next Cork senior, U20 and minor hurling managers is ongoing, according to Cork PRO Joe Blake.

An announcement will be made very shortly in relation to the three vacancies and Kieran Kingston remains the firm favourite for the position vacated by John Meyler in the aftermath of Cork’s loss to Kilkenny and his appointment seems to be a certainty.

Ger Cunningham and Pat Ryan are the names being strongly linked to the U20 post, replacing Denis Ring and his crew.

On the minor front, Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s return to the fold has been heavily rumoured and if that came to pass it would be his second coming in that position. He previously led the county to All-Ireland glory in 1995 with a team captained by Brian O’Keeffe from Blackrock. Kilbrittain’s Jamie Wall is another name that has been linked to that particular position.

On the senior front, if Kingston is returned for a second stint he will follow the likes of Canon Michael O’Brien, Johnny Clifford, Gerald McCarthy and Jimmy Barry Murphy who all served twice at different times.

Other names that have been linked to a role in the senior set-up include Pat Mulcahy and Donal Óg Cusack.

Mulcahy is currently coaching his club Newtownshandrum as they prepare to tackle the Glen on Saturday evening in the quarter-final of the Cork SHC.

Meanwhile, Erin’s Own have turned again to former player and team boss Martin Bowen to lead them for the 2020 season.

One of the club’s great servants, both on and off the field, he was the team manager in 2006 when they won the title and was team boss in 2016 when they were pipped by the Glen in the final.

He will have this season’s Waterford senior camogie coach Donal O’Rourke as his coach .

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