Dual Cork role for new boss Ronan McCarthy

Dual Cork role for new boss Ronan McCarthy
Ronan McCarthy. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

NEW Cork football boss, Ronan McCarthy, is expected to have a dual role of coach and manager, according to board chairman, Ger Lane.

The 44-year-old Douglas-man was appointed on a three-year term to succeed manager Peadar Healy, who stepped down following his two years at the helm. McCarthy, who led Carbery Rangers to their first county title last year, will assemble his backroom over the coming weeks.

The hope for the Cork football faithful, who have endured a testing few years with the team dropping to Division 2 in the league and failing to make the quarter-finals of the championship, is that McCarthy will recruit a couple of high-profile former players as selectors. Diarmuid ‘The Rock’ O’Sullivan has proved an inspirational figure for supporters in the past two seasons as a hurling selector.

“In the last 12 months we’ve made the decision to move away from the term ‘manager’ to coach, because the coach is the important role.

“Our policy from here on is that we’ll be appointing coaches as opposed to managers.

“In this case I would imagine Ronan will take up the dual role,” Lane said.

McCarthy, who is principal of Glanmire Community College, is also to link up with the U20 footballers in a move used by the hurlers, who utilised John Meyler as a selector with Kieran Kingston, while he also managed the Rebels’ U21s.

“It’d be our intention that there’ll be some liaison between our U20 and senior teams.

“We’ve spoken to Ronan in relation to that and we’d be expecting some announcements in the coming days and weeks in relation to our other teams.

“We’ll be linking our U20 and senior teams in some shape or form but we need to finalise that,” Lane added when speaking on RedFM.

McCarthy, who guided Carbery Rangers to an historic first county senior title last season, is in the throes of establishing his management team.

“Ronan will make his own selection (for selectors), with approval from the board and executive, but the coach has the authority to appoint his own backroom team,” Lane commented.

A selector under Conor Counihan’s stewardship in 2013, McCarthy also served with Brian Cuthbert in the following two seasons.

The board executive swung into action quickly to appoint Healy’s successor.

“In times past we have maybe had these appointments drag on for too long, and with county championships now in full swing, it gives players an opportunity.

“The coach can see players and prepare for the season ahead. A three-year term is important, it gives the coach an opportunity to bed in and to do his business over the term,” Lane stated.

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