THE Cork hurlers need stability to build on the strides they've made this season and that means nailing down the current management team on a two-year term.
Kieran Kingston, his selectors and backroom have brought the Rebels back from irrelevance to being All-Ireland contenders and Munster champions, which the loss in Croke Park shouldn't detract from. The last thing Cork need now is a change at the top.
Lessons must be learned from the manner of their collapse to Waterford, but the team made significant progress made in winning Munster as complete outsiders and created a buzz again about Cork hurling. Kingston and co blooded five new players this summer and there is more young talent coming on stream, with the U17s winning the All-Ireland and the minors into a final against Galway on September 3.
Senior selector John Meyler is U21 manager and after reaching a provincial final this year, his role as a conduit between those panels is critical. Meyler has a fresh set-up with him at U21, including former Cork hurler Kieran 'Fraggie' Murphy, Seanie Barry and Eoin Cadogan.
The links between the management set-ups at minor, U21 and senior were key in recent months to the restoration of Cork's hurling fortunes and need to be maintained, even if minor boss Denis Ring is likely to step down after the All-Ireland.