JBM exit reports are ‘rubbish’, blasts Ryan

Cork chairman Bob Ryan, above, and his executive want to sit down with Jimmy-Barry Murphy to discuss his plans for the future.

Cork chairman Bob Ryan has dismissed rumours suggesting the existing senior management team is about to step down.

Ryan maintains nothing has changed since last week, when he revealed members of the executive intended speaking to Jimmy Barry-Murphy about his future plans on his return from holidays abroad.

It is their wish that the 1999 All-Ireland-winning manager remain at the helm and there is a strong degree of confidence he will agree to a fourth year in charge, having completed his three-year term in August.

Barry-Murphy is expected back home today and it’s the intention of the county board to sit down with him before the weekend.

Ryan has heard whispers about members of this year’s management team resigning but is not paying any heed to them. “The rumours about this man and that man stepping down are absolute rubbish. Nothing has changed since last week. We want to sit down with Jimmy and discuss his plans.”

Meanwhile, Ryan has reacted to Aidan Walsh’s decision to commit to just one code at inter-county level next season. The focus now switches to Eoin Cadogan and Damien Cahalane and whether they will follow suit, but Ryan has praised Walsh for his contribution to the Cork senior teams this season.

“It comes down to the individual and Aidan has made a call that he feels is right for him. He is a credit to Cork GAA and he will continue to be.”

Elsewhere, Dublin are expected to reveal Anthony Daly’s successor as senior hurling manager this evening, with former Cork selector Ger Cunningham in pole position.

Privately, news of the St Finbarr’s man being linked to the role has been greeted warmly by players. As part of a three-year term, there are also suggestions he will be asked to put together a coaching structure beyond the senior panel.


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