Rebel board want Counihan to stay on for two more years

Conor Counihan is to be invited to remain on as manager of the Cork senior football team, should he so wish.

At last night’s county board meeting in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, chairman Bob Ryan put it to delegates that Counihan had some great achievements in the role and should be entitled to stay for a two-year term.

“In view of great success Conor Counihan has brought to this county over the past number of years,” Ryan said, “winning an All-Ireland, three Munster titles and four NFLs , I feel this board, at the very least, should invite him to consider his position and let us know what he feels.

“I would suggest we invite him on the same basis — manager with the right to pick his own selectors.”

Glen Rovers delegate Finbarr McCarthy then proposed that the county board’s executive should be empowered to appoint Counihan between meetings, as the next meeting is not until October 16 and the process should not be held up.

In addition, Paul McCarthy has been re-appointed Cork junior football boss with the same selection team as this year of Danny Culloty, Seán Bowens, Michael Lyons and Tim O’Sullivan.

Reporting from the Munster Council, delegate Jerry O’Sullivan informed the meeting that any moves to return to a seeded draw in senior football would require a notice of motion for a full meeting, and there was not time for this to take place before the 2013 draw, which is tomorrow night. St Mary’s delegate John Corcoran made a formal proposal that the seeded draw should return for 2014, and this motion was carried.

Prior to the order of business, a suspension of standing orders was proposed so that a vote of sympathy could be passed for Paul O’Connor, the former Na Piarsaigh and Cork hurler and UCC coach, who died recently.

Meanwhile Kieran McGeeney will take charge of the Kildare senior team for a sixth successive year in 2013. The decision was confirmed at a Kildare County Board meeting last night.

Joining McGeeney on the management team will be Niall Carew, a constant by McGeeney’s side during his time in Kildare, and Damien Hendy, who served Kildare as a player for eight years before retiring in 2010. Hendy replaces John Rafferty. There will also be a fourth member added to the management team in due course.

McGeeney was also ratified as manager of the county’s U21 team for next year. Carew, Kildare’s Leinster Council delegate Syl Merrins and former Offaly manager Tom Cribben will be the selectors alongside McGeeney.

Elsewhere, Waterford may have to plan without Ken McGrath as a senior hurling selector next season. Manager Michael Ryan last night confirmed McGrath is considering his future in the role after securing a new job.

Ryan rubbished claims McGrath’s possible departure is due to his upset over refereeing decisions in Mount Sion’s county championship semi-final defeat by De La Salle on Saturday.

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