Cork appoint Kieran Kingston, Pat Ryan and Donal Óg Cusack for top hurling jobs

Cork appoint Kieran Kingston, Pat Ryan and Donal Óg Cusack for top hurling jobs
New Cork minor manager Donal Óg Cusack. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

THE CORK County Board have named the three managers to guide the hurlers in 2020 and beyond.

Kieran Kingston is back at the helm of the seniors for the next three seasons, while Pat Ryan takes over from Denis Ring in the U20 position, along with Donal Óg Cusack as minor manager.

That job was originally ear-marked for Leeside legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy with Ben O'Connor involved as well. However, amid suggestions JBM didn't get the two-year term he hoped to secure, Donal Óg will instead succeed John Considine, with Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Tom Kenny in his high-profile backroom.

Cusack will be joined another selector with a connection to the on-the-age minors of 2020's development squads.

Kingston's selectors are still to be finalised but Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid 'The Rock' O'Sullivan are the two marquee men. Newtown manager Pat Mulcahy and ex-Kerry hurler Shane Brick, who was involved with Kingston and Douglas this summer, have been linked with positions.

Pat Ryan, who was a senior selector for two years with Kingston in 2016-'17, is joined by another former senior selector Donal O’Mahony (Bishopstown), Brendan Coleman (Youghal), Imokilly boss Fergal Condon, from Aghada, and Blackrock and Cork defender Wayne Sherlock, in the U20 set-up.

With the pathway for the progress of younger coaches a major priority, the executive also recommends the appointment of current U15 manager Noel Furlong (Carrigtwohill) as U16 manager for a two-year term, with Seanie McGrath (Bantry Blues), Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill), Ger O’Regan (St Finbarr’s) and David Dorgan (Fr. O’Neill’s) as selectors.

All the above appointments are subject to ratification by the County Board on Tuesday night.

Commenting on the announcement, county chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appointments process, and honoured to be putting these names before County Board on Tuesday night. 

"As I indicated at the outset, we did not want to rush into any decisions, and the length of the process is indicative both of the extent of our consultation and the number of excellent people who were willing to talk to us about Cork hurling. 

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those who have agreed to serve as managers, coaches and selectors, and I truly believe that we now have a structure in place which will ensure that we can always secure the best people to lead Cork teams, on a clear pathway for both coaches and players from underage all the way through to senior.”

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