Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston is set to finalise his backroom team with the likely addition of Frank Flannery as a coach.
Carrigtwohill native Flannery has amassed a significant amount of coaching experience in recent times, including helping Oulart The Ballagh to the Wexford SHC title at the weekend.
He was also involved with Cork intermediate club Milford this year, while in 2013 he coached Ardfert to the Kerry senior title.
Flannery was the Cork minor hurling coach in 2012 and ‘13 and has also managed Milford’s camogie team, guiding them to county, provincial and All-Ireland titles. Should he be appointed, however, it is believed the he would only operate as a coach and not be a selector alongside Pat Hartnett, Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Pat Ryan.
Having exited the All-Ireland SHC with a quarter-final defeat to Galway in August, Cork are allowed to commence training for the 2016 season on December 8.
Meanwhile, Cork GAA coaching officer Kevin O’Donovan has called on former county hurlers and footballers to contribute to the Cork GAA Strategic Plan 2016-18.
A consultation meeting is being held on Thursday in Páirc Uí Rinn. A working group containing the likes of All-Ireland senior-winning managers Conor Counihan and John Allen will meet all current county managers from minor to senior at 7.30pm and this will be followed by an open meeting with former and current Cork players at 8.30pm.
“There are massive challenges now facing us at all levels,” O’Donovan said. “It’s essential that new ideas are considered from all possible sources and that challenging proposals are to be welcomed, not feared. This element of the overall plan will consider proposals aimed at improving fixture programmes and coaching standards at various age levels in clubs, schools and county teams.”
The working group has been established with a view to formulating proposals aimed at maximising participation in football and hurling, as well as optimising playing standards at all age levels. As well as Counihan and Allen, there’s former Cork footballer Alan Quirke, former hurlers Tom Kenny and John Considine, Dairygold CEO Jim Woulfe, former football manager Brian Cuthbert, county board vice-chairman Tracey Kennedy and O’Donovan.
As part of its research, the working group has hosted a number of consultation meetings on competition structures, coaching and related issues.
Meetings have already been held with officers from Rebel Óg, Sciath Na Scol, Cork PPS, the referees’ body, development squad managers, the county coaching committee, Rebel Óg coaching GDAs and players and coaches from the city region. As well as tonight’s meetings, consultations will also be held with club players and manager at two gatherings on November 5.
Those in the Carbery, Beara and Muskerry divisions will meet at Dunmanway GAA Club, while the Mallow complex will host those from Avondhu and Duhallow.
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