Kingston still to decide on future

Kingston still to decide on future
Cork manager Kieran Kingston during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final match at Croke Park. Picture Dan Linehan

KIERAN KINGSTON has made no decision regarding his future as Cork hurling team manager.

His initial two-year term ended with the defeat to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final but there is widespread support throughout the county that he stays at the helm.

After an indifferent first year in charge, himself and the rest of his management team catapulted Cork to the forefront over the past eight months and the county ended up winning the Munster League, having a very positive national league campaign before regaining the Munster championship crown, defeating Tipperary, Waterford and Clare on the way.

Waterford ended their All-Ireland aspirations in Croke Park last Sunday week but the general consensus is that the positives far outweighed the negatives over the course of the season.

“It’s only a wet week since the semi-final loss to Waterford which was the end of my term, Kingston told the Evening Echo.

“The thing is still very raw at the moment and the disappointment is still there.

“I have yet to sit down with the various people involved, family, the rest of the team management, County Board, etc to see what happens.

“At this stage there is no commitment on either side. 

"It is something that we will have to look at over the next few weeks.

“There has been no discussion, nobody has their mind made up as to what’s happening next and no decisions have been made at any level.

“I have not discussed it with the people it impacts on.’’ 

The Cork boss stressed that being the manager of an inter-county team now requires a fierce commitment for a lengthy period.

“Yes, whilst it is a great honour to manage a county like Cork, you have to take into account the massive commitment that is involved and all this has to be considered before agreeing to a new term,’’ he said.

Cork County Board personnel are likely to speak to Kingston in the next few weeks and they will certainly be hoping that he and the rest of his management team will continue to build on the platform that has been laid this season.

See Friday's Evening Echo for the thoughts of the Cork manager on the season just ended.

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