Four on the shortlist for Cork hot-seat

Cork GAA chiefs have drawn up a shortlist of four names to replace departed senior football manager, Brian Cuthbert.

The new Rebel football manager will be one of four nominees for the position - John Cleary, Ned English, Ephie Fitzgerald and Ronan McCarthy.

Castlehaven club man Cleary, who won two All-Ireland senior medals on the field of play, is widely seen as the favourite for the role, given his successful experience at U21 level.

He managed the Rebels to an All- Ireland in that grade in 2009 and acted as a selector in their 2007 All-Ireland triumph in the same grade.

Cleary was also in the mix the last time there was a vacancy, when Cuthbert got the nod to manage Cork.

McCarthy, from Douglas, has playing experience at senior inter-county level, having lined out in the 1999 All-Ireland final, which Cork lost to Meath.

He was a Cork senior selector under Cuthbert as well as doing a good deal of the coaching of the senior side last season.

Fitzgerald has five senior county titles and two All-Ireland U21 medals as a player, and is the most successful of the candidates at club level, steering his Nemo Rangers side to four county titles on Leeside as well as two Munster Club titles, in addition to a Limerick county title with Ballylanders. He also has inter-county experience, having managed the Cork minor footballers, while he also coached the Clare senior footballers this season.

English has enjoyed success with divisional side Duhallow, having brought the north Cork division to the 2012 county final. He has coached extensively at all levels on Leeside.

The Cork County Board appointed a five-man committee to find a replacement for Cuthbert, consisting of former players John O’Driscoll, John Coleman and Nicholas Murphy, along with county secretary Frank Murphy and county chairman Ger Lane.

  • Dublin will be without Diarmuid Connolly for the All-Ireland semi-final replay with Mayo on Saturday after his match ban was confirmed at a meeting of the Central Hearings Committee last night.

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