New man­ager likely to come from within

The Corkman - - SPORT - THE CON­TENDERS

JOHN MEYLER

THE favourite with the book­ies and the gen­eral con­sen­sus is that he is com­ing from a great po­si­tion, hav­ing bal­anced the roles of se­nior se­lec­tor and U21 man­ager in 2017, en­sur­ing a good cross-over be­tween pan­els, with 12 play­ers on both. Was a Cork se­lec­tor in the early 2000s too as well as hav­ing had stints man­ag­ing Wex­ford and Kerry and nu­mer­ous clubs within Cork as well as be­ing in­volved with Cork IT.

PAT RYAN

A se­lec­tor for the past two years un­der Kingston and also the coach this past year, with the fruits seen in the im­prove­ment of the panel. On the club scene, he led Sars­fields to the county SHC in 2012 and ’14. May pre­fer coach­ing du­ties to be­ing in charge, how­ever.

DE­NIS RING

A left­field con­tender, maybe, but came so close to guid­ing Cork to a first All-Ireland mi­nor ti­tle since 2001 this year and also won Munster mi­nor titles in a pre­vi­ous spell in charge. Led Fer­moy to the county Pre­mier IHC fi­nal last year, los­ing to Ban­don, and was a driv­ing force be­hind Lis­more’s Blackwater CS – where he is prin­ci­pal – be­com­ing a fix­ture in the Dr Harty Cup.

PAUDIE MURRAY

HAS led the Cork se­nior camo­gie team to three All-Ireland titles in the past four years and has been able to take charge of the county’s in­ter­me­di­ate side as well, en­joy­ing suc­cess with them too. Runs his own busi­ness as well, show­ing that he can man­age his time well, but per­haps the de­mands of se­nior hurl­ing would be too much, as well as a lack of re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence with male teams.

DÓNAL ÓG CUSACK

HE has built up ex­pe­ri­ence as part of an in­ter­county set-up with Clare in the past two years, but we get the feel­ing that some peo­ple in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process would rather have any­body else in the role than the Cloyne man.

Pat Ryan

Paudie Murray

De­nis Ring

Donal Óg Cusack

John Meyler

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