Dinny Long ‘wouldn’t turn down’ role on Cork management ticket

Former Cork footballer Dinny Long has said that he wouldn’t rule out getting involved in the next county management team if he were asked.

Dinny Long ‘wouldn’t turn down’ role on Cork management ticket

Long, an All-Ireland winner in 1973, played much of his footballer for Tralee club Austin Stacks and is a regular panellist on Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk programme.

On Monday evening, while discussing the appointment of a sub-committee charged with finding Brian Cuthbert’s replacement, host Weeshie Fogarty asked Long if he would be interested in a role

“I wouldn’t turn it down,” he said.

“To be honest about it, I know very little about anything else, I’ve been involved in football since I was a very small boy a long time ago.

“I think myself that you need people who are passionate and who can pass on their footballing experience. You don’t necessarily have to have played at the top level.”

Long’s former Millstreet and Cork team-mate John Coleman, John O’Driscoll and Nicholas Murphy, along with county chairman Ger Lane and Frank Murphy, form the five-man committee. The midfielder, who won an All-Ireland club title with Stacks, believes that there is no quick-fix solution, however. “They picked three All-Ireland medal-holders,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing, just because you have one or two or 10 doesn’t make you the best for the job.

“The second thing is that they picked three from different parts of the county, plus the secretary and the chairman. I know all five men and what I would say is that I hope they just don’t sit down one evening and come up with two or three names, looking for a quick fix.

“What I think they have got to do is look at the bigger picture, it’s not just about giving Kerry a game next year.

“The main thing they will have do is get fellas who can coach players.”

Meanwhile, county board chairman Lane yesterday met the chairman and secretary of the Sciath na Scol organisation, Deaglán Ó Deargáin and Mairéad Ní Cheallacháin respectively, in a bid to resolve an impasse.

After Páirc Uí Rinn was unavailable for primary schools hurling finals in May, Sciath na Scol had sought clarification regarding whether it could be used for 16 football finals in November. The use of Cork IT and Musgrave Park — where games were held in May — without insurance disruption was also in question. While the meeting was described as “cordial”, no conclusion was reached. A decision from the county board’s CCC will be announced at Sciath na Scol’s AGM, which takes place on September 2.

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