Cooney set to manage Youghal hurlers

Former GAA President Christy Cooney is set to take over the management of his home club, Youghal, for the coming year.

The East Cork club hold their AGM on Sunday evening and Cooney, also a former Cork County Board chairman, is part of a hurling management team, along with physical trainer Peter Cody and Con Spillane, that is due to be ratified.

County senior champions Sarsfields could also be on the lookout for a new man in charge as work commitments could preclude incumbent Pat Ryan.

Interestingly, Ryan’s predecessor, Johnny Crowley, who managed Sars to county success in 2010, led Ballinhassig to this year’s premier intermediate title. Ballinhassig have been drawn with the Glanmire club in next year’s senior first round but Crowley has yet to decide whether or not to stay on.

Blackrock, who held their AGM on Wednesday, have in effect promoted their county U21-winning management to senior level as John Browne heads up a powerful unit, with his brother Alan, Wayne Sherlock, David Coakley, Mick Kilcoyne and Paddy Hayes all involved as well.

Three clubs with nothing finalised are Newtownshandrum, St Finbarr’s and Na Piarsaigh. Bernie O’Connor and Frank Ramsey have stepped down from Newtown and the Barrs respectively. Na Piarsaigh had Bill Kelleher as manager with Seán O’Brien coaching but nothing is yet in place for 2013

Aside from Cooney, there have been a number of high-profile names appointed by clubs in the premier intermediate grade. Eddie Murphy, who had been with Ballymartle for the past four years, has joined Newcestown as a coach under manager Seán Twomey, while Cork County Board Coaching Officer Brendan Driscoll has taken the reins at Kilbrittain.

Dónal Óg Cusack forms part of the Cloyne backroom set-up, where Diarmuid Falvey is manager, with Philip Cahill and Tomás O’Brien involved.

Bandon, who reached last year’s final, losing to Ballinhassig, hope that Teddy McCarthy will stay in charge but the former dual star has yet to make a decision on the coming campaign. Valley Rovers manager John O’Donovan, reappointed after a four-year hiatus, is also set to announce a team coach in due course.

Steven O’Brien is the most notable senior football appointment, the two-time All-Ireland-winner taking over at Nemo Rangers from Eddie Kirwan after leading the Nemo U21s to the county title this year.

O’Brien’s former Cork team-mate Michael Slocum is St Finbarr’s new manager, having narrowly beaten Paul O’Keeffe in a vote, and Finbarr Bermingham is the new Douglas boss.

Michael Queally, who was part of the management of the successful Ballincollig U21 team of 2009, takes over their senior team from John Kelly, and Brian Cuthbert will remain in charge of Bishopstown despite having become a Cork selector under Conor Counihan.

Ilen Rovers and Newmarket are both on the search for new managers. Kieran Daly has stepped down at Ilen due to family commitments while Danny Culloty, who led Newmarket to the 2011 Premier IFC after taking over mid-year, is focusing on Cork junior selectorial duties.

Senior new boys St Vincent’s had a management group composed of players Stephen Ray, Patrick O’Shea and Wayne Murphy during their successful Premier IFC campaign this year. It is believed that they would prefer to focus on playing in the coming year, though a decision has yet to be made.


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