In October, O’Brien guided Nemo to the county title for the first time since 2010, but has come to the end of his three-year term in charge.
Having previously managed Nemo’s U21s, whom he led to victory in 2012, O’Brien led the senior side to the county final in 2013, and they reached the semi-finals in 2014 before overcoming Castlehaven after a replay in this year’s final.
Nemo hold their AGM on January 11, with an appointment likely to be made there, though it is thought that a majority of the players want O’Brien and his selectors, Larry Kavanagh, Colin Corkery, John Coogan and Conor Buckley, to remain as they seek to achieve back-to-back championships.
Castlehaven, champions in 2012 and ’13, as well as reaching this year’s final, have a change on the sideline. Jim Nolan took the reins for 2015 but only ever intended to stay in charge for a year, and he has stepped aside, with James McCarthy taking over again.
McCarthy had been coach and selector under Nolan this year and was the manager when the Haven won in 2012. He had been in the running to become part of new Cork manager Peadar Healy’s set-up, but his status as a full-time games development administrator (GDA) with the Cork County Board is believed to have been a stumbling block. Brendan Deasy, Denis Cahalane and Brian Collins will assist McCarthy.
Castlehaven open their 2016 championship campaign against Clonakilty, who have appointed Timoleague native Paul Holland as manager.
Carbery Rangers — semi- finalists in five of the last six years and beaten finalists in 2014 — are currently searching for a new boss after Micheál ‘Haulie’ O’Sullivan’s decision to step down after four years.
Ballincollig, the side who beat Carbery Rangers in the 2014 final, have appointed former Duhallow manager Ned English to replace Michael O’Brien, who has opted out after two years. Their first-round opponents are neighbours Bishopstown, who will have a Ballincollig native, Andrew McCarthy, guiding their fortunes.