Cork are looking for a new U20 football manager

Cork are looking for a new U20 football manager
Gene and Julie O'Driscoll, Caheragh, the proud parents, with their sons Colm and Kevin after the U21 All-Ireland in 2009. Picture: Denis Minihane.

GENE O'Driscoll has stepped down as Cork U20 football manager.

The well-known West Cork native and Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh club man has been involved with numerous Cork teams over the years and enjoyed club success with the likes of Skibb and Newcestown. His three sons Colm, Kevin and Brian all played with the Rebels seniors this decade, though have featured so far for Ronan McCarthy on this year's panel.

Gene O'Driscoll had worked under Seán Hayes last year, who doubled up as U20 boss and senior selector.

His departure is a blow to the young footballers on the panel, given preparation was underway for the championship over the winter.

Speaking on behalf of the County Board, chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: "On behalf of Cork GAA, I would like to thank Gene for the service he has given to Cork football, particularly as a mentor to various teams at U20 and U21 level for the last number of years."

An appointments committee will now be set up to recommend a new management team for 2019. 

Aidan Kelliher (Clondrohid), Jim O'Donoghue (St Finbarr's) and Sean Bownes (Castlemartyr) had been announced last winter as selectors with O'Driscoll.

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