Ger Lane says experience key for Cork boss Peadar Healy

Cork chairman Ger Lane said Peadar Healy’s experience was a significant factor in the selection committee choosing him as Brian Cuthbert’s successor.

Eighty-three days after Cuthbert stepped down in the wake of the qualifier defeat to Kildae, Naomh Aban man Healy was announced as the new senior football manager on Saturday.

“Peadar was involved with Conor Counihan’s successful team in 2010 when he was coach of the team,” said Lane.

“He has a lot of experience, he was involved from 2008 to 2013 and he was involved with Dr Crokes up to last Sunday and he also was involved with O’Donovan Rossa the previous year.

“He won a minor All-Ireland in 1981, was a minor for two or three years and U21 for a couple of years. He was a good player and I think a bad shoulder injury cut his career short.

“Overall, we think he’ll bring a lot of experience to the table.”

Lane appreciated there was a delay in identifying the new manager but, speaking at yesterday’s Cork football final in Páirc Uí Rinn, he remarked: “We’re happy enough. There were a number of issues that delayed the process.

“We’re happy, it was important we did things correctly.

“We got it finalised yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and announced straight away so we are happy with the appointment.”

Former Cork wing back Paudie Kissane has already been touted as a strength and conditioning coach under Healy with other ex inter-county player Conor McCarthy possibly coming on board as a sports psychologist.

Former Castlehaven manager James McCarthy, currently coaching the club, is also set to link up with Healy as a selector. At least two more selectors are expected to be announced.

Lane explained the board will have no input into the choosing of selectors. “Our only remit was to appoint the manager and it is up to him to appoint his selectors. We’d expect that Peadar will be in the process of doing that in the next few days and hopefully there’ll be announcements within the week.”


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