Cork in discussions to extend Chill sponsorship deal

Rebels in discussions to extend Chill sponsorship deal
Cork in discussions to extend Chill sponsorship deal

Cork chairman Ger Lane has confirmed the county board executive are currently in discussions with outgoing sponsors Chill Insurance about extending their agreement after their three-year deal elapsed at the end of this season.

In a contract which at the time was reported to be worth €1 million to the county, the online insurance company replaced long-time partners O2 in 2012 when their logo debuted on Cork jerseys over the St Patrick’s Day weekend in 2012.

“We’re talking to Chill presently,” said Lane. “We’ll be making an announcement in due course but we have nothing finalised yet.”

Whether or not Chill continue as sponsors, Cork will have a new jersey for 2016 which it is hoped will be on the market in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile, Cork are not expected to announce any senior managerial recommendations prior to this weekend.

Kieran Kingston and Tomás Mulcahy remain the leading contenders to replace Jimmy Barry-Murphy as hurling boss while Ronan McCarthy, Ephie Fitzgerald and Ned English are the prime candidates to succeed Brian Cuthbert after John Cleary withdrew from the race.

Jerry Wallace’s name has been mentioned as a possible coach to the hurlers with Teddy McCarthy and Jim Cashman coming on board as selectors.

Limerick are also on the lookout for a coach after the departure of Paul Beary from TJ Ryan’s set-up.

Clare’s 2013 All-Ireland winning coach and former Limerick footballer Paul Kinnerk had been linked with the role, but he has yet to signal his intentions for 2016 and former Antrim manager Wallace, who previously filled the role as Limerick’s director of under-age coaching prior to Anthony Daly, may be an option.

Elsewhere, Tipperary officials do not expect to be in a position to name Peter Creedon’s successor as senior football manager until later in the month.

The search, which had been postponed after the minors reached last month’s All-Ireland final, has since resumed but won’t be concluded until county secretary Tim Floyd returns from holidays.

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