Meyler is now the leading candidate to become Cork hurling manager

Meyler is now the leading candidate to become Cork hurling manager

Cork selector John Meyler, left, with outgoing manager Kieran Kingston ahead of the Canon O'Brien Cup match between Cork and UCC last January. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

JOHN Meyler remains the clear favourite to become the next Cork hurling manager after another one of Kieran Kingston’s management team ruled himself out of the equation.

Diarmuid O’Sullivan, in a statement on Twitter, said that he would not put himself forward at this time, on the same day coach Pat Ryan revealed to the Evening Echo he was not in a position to be considered for the role due to time commitments.

O'Sullivan wrote: “While it is a privilege to have had my name linked to what I’d consider the most prestigious job in hurling by most outlets, it is not my intention to put my name forward at this time. Good luck to the new man, make Cork great again.

Meyler is now the only member of Kingston’s management team this year not to make his intentions known, as selector Pat Hartnett stepped down last week before Kingston's departure, but he remains the firm favourite among the various bookmaking outlets to succeed Kingston.

A strong contender could be John Considine, who managed the Cork U17 team to All-Ireland glory this year. The former All-Ireland winning defender was All-Ireland minor manager when they last won that title in 2001, though he had already been linked with succeeding Denis Ring as minor manager, with that grade dropping down to U17 from U18 from next season.

Meyler is 1/5 with Paddy Power Bookmakers with Mark Landers and Tomás Mulcahy at 8/1 followed by Ger Cunningham at 10/1, Pat Mulcahy at 14/1, Donal Óg Cusack 16/1, Glen Rovers boss Richie Kelleher at 16/1, Jamie Wall, a Fitzgibbon Cup winning boss with Mary I, 17/1 and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, currently doing well with Na Piarsaigh, at 20/1.

Meanwhile, The Cork County Board are to circulate details to clubs on how the appointment process for the next county secretary will operate. At the first board meeting in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and under any other business, Freemount delegate John O’Flynn raised a question regarding the appointment of a replacement for Frank Murphy.

He sought extra time for clubs to discuss proposals, with chairman Ger Lane saying that, as per rule, five days’ notice would be given ahead of the next meeting, scheduled for October 17. Freemount have previously been keen to have Croke Park involved in the appointment process, thereby allowing Cork to avail of a grant towards the secretary’s salary.

Murphy has been Cork secretary since 1972 and was given a contract extension in 2012 to facilitate his involvement in the organisation of the construction of the new stadium. That contract is set to expire before the end of this year, but there is nothing to stop his reappointment.

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