JOHN Meyler is the new Cork hurling coach.
The Cork County Board have confirmed outgoing selector and U21 coach John Meyler will replace Kieran Kingston and take up a two-year term in the charge of the Rebels.
The St Finbarr’s club man and Wexford native previously served as a selector with Cork in the early 2000s, managed Kerry, to a Christy Ring Cup in 2011, Carlow and Wexford. He's been heavily involved at club level too and with Cork underage development squads. Kieran 'Fraggie' Murphy and Seanie Barry (St Finbarr's) were his selectors this season with the Cork U21s and could be involved with the new set-up, with Diarmuid O'Sullivan, Pat Ryan and Pat Hartnett gone as senior selectors.
Meyler won numerous titles in both codes with the Barrs, including their last senior football triumph in 1985. He was an All-Ireland hurling winner with Cork in 1986.
His son David is a professional soccer player with Hull and captained Ireland to their vital victory over Wales recently to secure a World Cup play-off, while his wife Stella and daughter Sarah are also sports enthusiasts.
Commenting on the announcement, Cork GAA chairman Gerard Lane stressed the importance of maintaining continuity following Kingston’s decision to step down.
“Our senior hurlers had a very successful season in 2017, and maintaining continuity and building on that good work is vital,” he said.
“John Meyler brings a wealth of experience to the role, has extensive knowledge of all the young players coming through, and has been part of the outgoing management team. John will now work on appointing his backroom team.
"We wish him every success in the role.”
Denis Ring (Fermoy) has been appointed U21 coach for a two-year term, following on from his success this year in guiding the Cork minor hurlers to a first Munster title since 2008 and also reaching the All-Ireland final.
John Considine (Sarsfields) will take on the role of minor coach for the next two years. He was in charge of this year's U17s who won the All-Ireland, with the minor grade dropping down to that age from now on.
Backroom teams will be announced when finalised.
“The appointments of John Meyler, Denis Ring and John Considine, should ensure that Cork hurling continues to build on the success of 2017 in a consistent and coherent fashion, and I have no doubt that further honours will be achieved in the very near future,” concluded Gerard Lane.