Pat Ryan to be new Cork senior hurling manager

County board move quickly to find successor to Kieran Kingston
Pat Ryan to be new Cork senior hurling manager

Cork manager Pat Ryan celebrates with Eoin Downey after their side's victory the Munster GAA Hurling U20 Championship Final match between Cork and Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Pat Ryan is set to be appointed as the new Cork senior hurling manager at Tuesday night’s monthly county board meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

On Monday night, a statement from Cork County Board revealed that the executive would be proposing the Sarsfields man for ratification on a three-year term, succeeding Kieran Kingston. It was announced on Sunday that Kingston, who returned to the role at the end of 2019 for three years, opted not to seek re-appointment in the wake of the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final loss to Galway a fortnight ago. The board have moved with speed to fill the vacancy and Ryan is likely to be a popular choice.

Ryan was a member of the Cork panel that won the 1999 All-Ireland title and helped Sars to end a 51-year wait for the Cork SHC in 2008 before playing a key role as the Riverstown club also won the title in 2010. When they added two more victories in 2012 and 2014, Ryan had graduated to the manager’s role. From there, he served as selector and coach to the Cork senior team during Kingston’s first spell in charge and was appointed as county U20 manager in October 2019.

While the 2020 season was heavily delayed due to Covid, Ryan guided Cork to the Munster title just before Christmas and then the All-Ireland in July of last year with victory over Galway – Cork’s first win in the grade since 1998. Immediately, the Rebels had to face into the 2021 competition but retained the title with a win over Galway.

Ryan worked closely with the senior set-up in ensuring a smooth transition for players coming up from U20 while the statement from the board noted that he has also served on various committees over the same period, making a significant contribution to the club championship reforms of recent years.

Cork chairperson Marc Sheehan said: “We are thrilled to have someone of Pat’s calibre so ready to take up the significant mantle of Cork senior hurling manager.

“Having seen his management and coaching skills with our teams previously, I have no doubt that the development of our players is in safe hands.” County board secretary/CEO Kevin O’Donovan pointed to the experience banked by Ryan with the U20s and Sars as key factors in readying him for the top job.

“Pat’s appointment will be another clear example of our desire to provide a pathway to managers and coaches through both club and county systems.

“His record in both arenas speaks for itself and we look forward to him building on the significant work completed by the outgoing management team in the ongoing pursuit of Liam MacCarthy.” Ryan’s selectors will be announced at a later date. With the U20s, he was assisted by Donal O’Mahony (Bishopstown), who succeeded him as manager, Wayne Sherlock (Blackrock), Brendan Coleman (Youghal) and Fergal Condon (Aghada).

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