THE process to replace Kieran Kingston as county senior hurling manager will begin very quickly and, similar to the appointment of Ronan McCarthy as senior football boss, the emphasis will be very much on a quick appointment.
The method of selection will be announced at tomorrow night’s County Board meeting with chairman Ger Lane outlining over the weekend his priority.
Numerous names are already being mentioned in the succession stakes with two of Kingston’s right-hand men, John Meyler and Pat Ryan among them. Others like Ger Cunningham, Pat Mulcahy, Tomás Mulcahy and John Considine could come into the equation too as Cork hurling seeks another new boss
“I think that the set-up for the appointment of the football manager worked well and it would be my hope to have something similar," said Lane. "That was wrapped up fairly quickly and ideally this would be the same as you don’t want a drawn-out process."
There was widespread disappointment in Cork hurling with Kingston’s decision to step aside after the very successful job that he had done in bringing the county of the doldrums that they found themselves in after the 2016 campaign. The story this season was starkly contrasting with the county winning the pre-season Munster League, having very good innings in the NHL and a hugely successful Munster Championship campaign which culminated in the title win over Clare.
Despite the subsequent loss to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final, a firm platform has been laid for the future and Kingston has certainly left Cork hurling in a far better place than he found it in.
The post for the new man is certainly far more attractive now than it might have been given how Kingston and the rest of his management team very successfully brought through a number of outstanding young players like Darragh Fitzgibbon, Mark Coleman and Shane Kingston.
Others like Colm Spillane and Luke Meade came in too with great success and another crop of very good young players are coming through the developmental process.
The entire Cork squad had been passionate in their desire for Kingston to stay at the helm but he has certainly left them in a strong place going forward.