O'Sullivan, Ryan and Hayes join Cork football management

O'Sullivan, Ryan and Hayes join Cork football management
Cork selector Ciarán O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

NEW Cork football coach, Ronan McCarthy, has gone for experience in filling his management team.

The Douglas-man will be joined by outing selector, Eamonn Ryan, U21 manager Seán Hayes and former player and selector, Ciarán O'Sullivan.

Hayes, who has been U21 manager for the past four years, takes over the new U20 coaching role next season in a similar move to that of Kieran Kingston and John Meyler in hurling.

Sean Hayes. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Sean Hayes. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Ryan, who coached Cork Ladies Footballers to 10 All-Irelands, is the sole survivor from the last management team, headed up by Peadar Healy. Nemo Rangers' Hayes helped guide Cork to three Munster U21 titles as well as reaching the All-Ireland final last year, when they lost to Mayo.

O'Sullivan, from Urhan, was a dynamic wing-back, who played for Cork between 1993 and 2005, earning an Allstar in 1999.

He also has previous experience as a selector under Brian Cuthbert's stewardship in 2014 and 2015.

Board chairman, Ger Lane, said he was very pleased to see such highly qualified people take on these important roles.

“Having management teams in place at this early stage will be very beneficial in preparation for the coming year.

“I would like to thank Ronan for his work in appointing his selection committee. Eamonn, Seán and Ciarán bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with them to this role and I wish them every success,” he told the county website.

Paul Kerrigan with selector Eamonn Ryan. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Paul Kerrigan with selector Eamonn Ryan. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Another Urhan-native has been appointed U17 coach for the next two seasons.

He is Bobbie Dwyer, who lives in Macroom and works as an AIB manager in Killarney.

Dwyer previously coached O'Donovan Rossa, Legion and Macroom and was heavily involved in under-age development squads in the county. His selectors will be named later.

“This is an important age-group for Cork to build on if we are to have successful U20 and senior teams in the future.

Cork football is in good hands and with the support and backing of everyone in Cork GAA, we can look forward to 2018 and beyond,” Lane told the county website.

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