Board won’t rule out outside appointment for Cork hot-seat

Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane has neither ruled in nor out the prospect of the county appointing an outside senior football manager to succeed Brian Cuthbert.

Board won’t rule out outside appointment for Cork hot-seat

It would be a first for Cork not to appoint from within the borders but the prospect remains a live one at least for the time being.

“It has never occurred before now but I can’t honestly say if it would or would not happen,” remarked Lane.

“It would be a matter for an appointments committee of some nature to select a new manager but it (an outside manager) hasn’t been done before.”

No real movement on finding a replacement is expected until the next board meeting on Tuesday, August 18.

“We may have executive meetings before that but we don’t have a full board meeting until then,” said Lane.

“I assume it will be discussed there as to what the process will be.”

Cuthbert this season utilised the services of Tralee physical and conditioning trainer Pat Flanagan, who worked under Jack O’Connor when Kerry claimed the All-Ireland title in 2004, ‘06 and ‘09. Earlier this week, Eugene McGee, one of only two outside managers to guide a county to an All-Ireland title, said the time was right for Cork to recruit from beyond the county.

Lane added that there is no urgency in putting a management team in place although he acknowledged it would preferable for the new manager to be in place prior to the conclusion of the county championships.

Two-time All-Ireland winner John Cleary, who guided the U21s for six years, in which time the county won top honours in 2009, remains the favourite to replace Cuthbert, after losing out to him in the race to succeed Conor Counihan in 2013.

St Finbarrs’ Tony Leahy, who Cleary worked under as a selector when Cork claimed the 2007 U21 All-Ireland crown, could also come into the reckoning.

Former Tipperary manager Peter Creedon has ruled himself out of the running to replace Cuthbert.

After almost four seasons, Rosscarbery native Creedon stepped down from the Premier County position following the qualifier defeat to Tyrone earlier this month.

“It’s nice to be associated with a job like Cork but if I had the time I would have stayed with Tipperary for another year,” he told the42.ie

. “That’s where my loyalties are.

“I’m now principal at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir and it will impact on my time.

“It’s a big school with nearly 700 students.

“I would have liked to have done another year with Tipperary but it just wasn’t feasible.”

Lane also said there has been no indication from Jimmy Barry-Murphy that he won’t be in charge of the hurlers next season.

After Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Galway, Barry-Murphy said: “I can’t wait for next year.”

However, his tone gave no indication that he will see out the final year of his two-year extension.

Cryptically, Barry-Murphy added: “I believe there’s a great future for the Cork players. I’ll leave it at what I said there now.”

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