Cork board to discuss managerial vacancies

The ongoing search for senior inter-county managers is expected to dominate discussions at tonight’s Cork County Board meeting, but no appointments are expected.

Cork officials have yet to replace either Jimmy Barry-Murphy as senior hurling manager or Brian Cuthbert as senior football manager, though Cuthbert stepped down in late July following the qualifier defeat to Kildare, while Barry-Murphy resigned in the last week of August.

Former Cork U21 football manager John Cleary was seen as favourite to replace Cuthbert up to late last week, when he finally withdrew from consideration for the post.

That leaves Ronan McCarthy of Douglas, a selector under Cuthbert, as the favourite to take over, though Ephie Fitzgerald of Nemo Rangers and Ned English of Duhallow are two other strong candidates under consideration.

The battle to become hurling manager is believed to be between two men, Kieran Kingston of Tracton, who was a a selector and coach under Barry-Murphy, and 1990 All-Ireland-winning captain Tomás Mulcahy.

Interviews were conducted for that position last week and, if an appointment were to be made tonight, it would require a hastily-arranged meeting of the selection committee, consisting of county chairman Ger Lane, secretary Frank Murphy and former players Charlie McCarthy, Seán O’Gorman, and Pat Mulcahy.

Meanwhile, Midleton manager Jerry Wallace has revealed how he was unable to propose his candidature for the hurling job after information relating to the deadline for applications wasn’t relayed to him.

“My focus was completely on Midleton and, while I was aware of the process, I didn’t realise about the details regarding the deadline.

“I had never set out to get the job or knew that the scenario would develop but I was asked about it after a few Midleton games and if it had arisen I certainly would have considered it.

“I understand the process and the need for a deadline, I’ve been through it in both Wexford and Antrim. It was just whatever went on here, it was a bit of an administrative error and that’s the way it is. I emailed Ger Lane about it, but I was eight days late.”

Wallace’s name had also been mentioned as potential Limerick coach but it’s not a role he will be taking.

“For some reason, my name was being bandied about but I knew nothing about it,” he said. “Then I took a call from TJ Ryan last week when I was in Dublin and I dropped in to him on the way back but I declined, it wasn’t for me.”

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