REBEL hit-man Patrick Horgan believes Kieran Kingston is the right man to get Cork back on track.
The Glen Rovers club man told 2FM’s Game On show the hurlers are “delighted” Kingston has returned to the helm. He was in charge in 2016-‘17, stepping down due to work commitments after a defeat to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.
John Meyler stepped up to replace him, with Cork retaining the Munster title and losing another All-Ireland semi, in extra time to Limerick. This year was disappointing though, third place in the provincial round-robin followed by a quarter-final exit at the hands of Kilkenny.
Today Kingston was officially unveiled as bainisteoir again, with Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid O’Sullivan by his side. “All the players are delighted to have Kieran back; he had to step down a few years ago because of work commitments and we’re just looking forward to it now,” Horgan told Game On, which is now anchored by Marie Crowe with Cork’s Donncha O’Callaghan and Ruby Walsh also involved.
“Kieran is forward-thinking and he’ll be miles ahead. He’s always looking for new ideas of how to bring it on and get the best out of fellas.”
Horgan is also confident the U20 set-up, led by Pat Ryan, and the minors, with Donal Óg Cusack at the helm, will do well. “Very good; a lot of big names there, a lot of good coaches as well. Pat Ryan was with us three years ago and we found him very good so he’s going to be a big addition to the U20s. Donal Óg going in with the minors, all the young fellas will look up to him so much and the fellas he’s bringing in.”
“There’s seven or eight teams that are going to be training in the off-season and believing that they’re going to win the All-Ireland next year. We’re one of them. If you look over our results in the last few years, we’ve beaten the best of them.”