Top officers to have say on Cork boss

CORK county board chairman Jerry O’Sullivan, vice-chairman Bob Ryan and secretary Frank Murphy will all sit on the committee charged withselecting the county’s next senior hurling manager.

They will fill the three executive positions established at Tuesday night’s board meeting along with club delegates Pat Horgan (Midleton), Michael Byrnes (Ballyhea) and John Corcoran (St Mary’s).

“To be fair to the incoming manager, we want to get thiscompleted as quickly as possible,” O’Sullivan said.

“It’s very difficult to put a deadline on a process like this as we don’t want to rush it.

“We need to meet first and get going. But definitely by the start of October, I’d hope that we’d be in a position to appoint the next senior hurling manager.”

Meanwhile there are fears the Galway SFC title race might be delayed for months after a row about the eligibility of a player took another twist this week with the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) ruling in favour of a team which had already been knocked out.

Mountbellew/Moylough, who were defeated by Micheal Breathnachs by 1-10 to 0-12 in an earlier round, lodged an objection claiming that one of the Connemara side’s players, sub Tommy Conneely, was not eligible to play.

The Galway county board’s Competitions Control Committee, the Connacht Council CCC and theCentral Appeals Committee all heard the case from the north Galway club but now the DRA has ordered the Galway board revisit the issue.

The Galway SFC has ground to a halt awaiting the decision.

“Already we have had significant disruption to the championship. But all we can do now is try and ensure that further disruption will be kept to a minimum,” said county board chairman Gerry Larkin.

n IT was reported yesterday that Passage club delegate Matt Aherne called for political voting procedures to come into play during the vote on management committee proposals at Tuesday night’s Cork county board meeting. Aherne has asked to clarify that he did not seek for the issue to become political.

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