CORK hurling manager Kieran Kingston is in the process of finalising his backroom team, which will feature some high-profile names including Pat Mulcahy and Christy O’Connor.
Kingston has already named Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid O’Sullivan as his selectors and is currently sorting out the rest of the set-up, which will include a role for Cork legend Brian Corcoran.
The third selector will be, as expected, Pat Mulcahy from Newtownshandrum, who has vast coaching experience with his club and CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup.
Ger Cunningham will be the head coach with former Clare goalkeeping coach and player Christy O’Connor coming in as well as part of the coaching team alongside O’Sullivan and Mulcahy.
O’Connor is a hugely respected journalist and statistician and a columnist with this newspaper. He was involved with Anthony Daly in Dublin and more recently in Galway.
When O’Donoghue stepped down from the Galway post he stepped down as well and he was to be involved in a coaching role with Donal Moloney in Clare if he had been reappointed. However, Moloney withdrew from the race in the Banner County which led Kingston to secure his services.
Another major addition is expected to be Corcoran, one of the county’s greatest ever players.
The Echo understands that he will have a specialist role, although that is not yet confirmed.
There will be another high profile appointment on the Strength and Conditioning side of things with Dubliner Mark Brady taking over that role. His most recent involvement was with the Italian Rugby team alongside Conor O’Shea during the World Cup in Japan.
He was involved too with Italian club sides Treviso and Zebre over the last number of years and prior to that had a role with Blackrock College in Dublin.
He will be assisted by Dr Wes O’Brien from UCC, a former player of note with the College and still a fine defender with his club Carrigaline.
Deccie O’Sullivan will again be the head physio of the panel.