By Denis Hurley
The long wait for a new Cork senior football manager is over after Peadar Healy was appointed as Brian Cuthbert's successor on Saturday evening.
Naomh Abán clubman Healy was a selector during Conor Counihan's tenure in charge, from 2008-13, a period during which the county won the All-Ireland SFC and three NFL Division 1 titles.
A sub-committee had been established to find a replacement for Cuthbert in August but the process had been arduous due to uncertainty over the status of the favourite for the role, Johnny Cleary.
Other names mentioned as candidates had been Ephie Fitzgerald, Ned English and Ronan McCarthy, with former boss Billy Morgan also touted of late. Healy hadn't been considered to be a viable candidate until this week but will now take charge for a two-year term.
The 1981 All-Ireland medallist was in charge of Cork club O'Donovan Rossa in 2014 and was the coach of Kerry clubs Dr Crokes for this championship campaign.
"On behalf of the county board, I would like to wish Peadar all the best in his new position," said Cork chairman Ger Lane.
"I would also like to thank all the candidates who expressed an interest in the position, and also the members of the appointments committee for their endeavours.”
Healy is expected to announce his selectors soon, with Castlehaven coach James McCarthy and former Cork star Paudie Kissane possible candidates.