John Meyler has been appointed the coach of the Cork U21 hurling team for the next two seasons.
At the August county board meeting, chairman Ger Lane had sought jurisdiction for the board executive to recruit a coach for the team, with a manager to be appointed at a later date. Meyler, a former Cork selector, has managed his native Wexford, Carlow, and Kerry as well as a number of the club teams within the county. Having played for Wexford before moving to Cork, he enjoyed success at club level with St Finbarr’s and was part of the Cork panel which won the 1986 All-Ireland.
“He’s well qualified to bring Cork success,” Lane said, “there have been some good minor teams and he’s well placed to bring them through.
“Now, we are looking for the authority to appoint selectors in conjunction with John.”
In what was a quiet meeting, the only other incident of note was a request from Lane on behalf of the board that the assembled media refrain from tweeting during meetings in future.
“We would ask that the media and ourselves not tweet,” he said.
“Effectively, the meeting was going out live. People at home with no affiliation to Cork GAA can read a line out of context.”
Under any other business, Denis Harrington (St Finbarr’s) and Mick Dolan (Fermoy) complimented board and Páirc Uí Rinn groundstaff on the state of the pitch, given the level of traffic it has sustained in recent weeks. Secretary Frank Murphy paid tribute to the late Peter Barry, who he said was a great Blackrock clubman as well as providing the first shirt sponsorship for the county in 1991, when the Barry’s Tea logo was sported.
Meanwhile Kieran McGeeney, as expected, will shortly begin a third season in charge of Armagh having been given the green light by the Armagh board executive. The 2002 All-Ireland winning captain is stepping away from the U21 management role he accepted this past season with his fellow Mullaghbawn man and senior selector Peter O’Donnell taking the position.
McGeeney’s former Armagh team-mate Aidan O’Rourke will continue to work with him while another star of the Orchard County’s halcyon period Diarmaid Marsden will again be on board in the U21 management set-up along with Martin McQuillan. Elsewhere, Denis Connerton will remain at the helm of the Longford senior footballers for the 2017 season. There had been fears Connerton would step away having had issues with player availability but he was ratified unanimously by clubs on Monday night.
The Rathcline man, in his second term as manager, will be joined by Ciaran Fox (assistant manager), selectors Enda Macken and Derek Ryan and strength and conditioning coach Trevor Smullen.
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