Wallace parts company with Cork

Jerry Wallace has stepped down as the Cork senior hurling team's trainer, just three days after manager John Allen announced his decision to quit.

Jerry Wallace has stepped down as the Cork senior hurling team's trainer, just three days after manager John Allen announced his decision to quit.

Wallace's tenure lasted four years - during that time he helped the Rebels reach four consecutive All-Ireland SHC finals, with their high levels of fitness crucial to their Liam McCarthy Cup successes of 2004 and 2005.

A former collegiate athlete in America, Wallace's clever and innovative training methods, combined with Seanie McGrath's expertise, have kept the Cork players in peak condition.

For instance, Tom Kenny and Ben and Jerry O'Connor are "minded" in training - if they only need 40 minutes out of an hour-and-a-half session, that will suffice - with midfielder Kenny benefiting from "a specific training regime", which is designed to maximise the power element of his game and is a world away from the lap-running culture so prevalent in the 1990s.

Legendary former goalkeeper Ger Cunningham is thought to be favourite to land Allen's job, although the outgoing selector has yet to made his interest public.

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