New manager likely to come from within
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donal Óg Cusack