Barry Murphy’s Cork backroom team to be unveiled tonight

JIMMY Barry Murphy is tonight set to be ratified as the next Cork senior hurling boss.

Barry Murphy’s candidature will be officially proposed to club delegates at a board meeting tonight in Páirc Uí Chaoimh as he prepares to return to a position he last filled for the 2000 All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Offaly.

Details of Barry-Murphy’s backroom team will also be revealed to delegates tonight.

Former senior stars Ger Cunningham, Johnny Crowley, Seanie McGrath and Kieran Kingston are set to fill the roles of selectors in the new management set-up.

It is not envisaged that there will be any objections to the appointment and it will be unanimously approved to hand Barry Murphy a term that will conclude at the end of Cork’s 2014 senior hurling campaign.

Meanwhile, the appointment of the Cork U21 and minor hurling managers for next season will also be rubber-stamped tonight. Ger Fitzgerald, who saw his Cork side only miss out on provincial honours last month after extra-time against Limerick, is expected to receive another two years in charge after his initial term of office ended with that loss in the Gaelic Grounds. It is understood that Fitzgerald is keen to remain at the helm after a year which saw Cork make progress in the grade.

Finally, Newcestown’s Pat Kenneally will be ratified as the next Cork minor hurling manager as he takes the reins after John Considine’s reign at the helm concluded.

Kenneally has served as county intermediate hurling boss for the past two seasons, guiding Cork to last year’s All-Ireland final.

Details of both the U21 and minor selection teams are also likely to be revealed to delegates by the county board executive.

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