Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane has expressed his delight with the county’s securing of Kieran Kingston as new senior hurling manager.
Kingston’s appointment as Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s successor was announced on Saturday after the sub- committee charged with finding a new manager came to a decision. The Tracton clubman was a selector under Barry-Murphy in 2012 and 13 before taking over as coach for the 2014 season following the departure of Ger Cunningham. Work commitments meant Kingston himself had to step aside after just a year but Lane has welcome his return. “The committee was in place for a few weeks and we’re delighted to have it finalised,” he said.
“We can move now and he can pick his backroom team and get those things in place and get moving for next year.
“Kieran had to step back because of work commitments last year but I think they have been sorted for the next couple of years, so he’s able to be involved again.
“He was an excellent coach and was regarded highly by the players and by the team management at the time. He’s ceratainly bringing a lot of experience, he was with his own club Tracton and brought them to a county intermediate final.
“Overall, it’s an appointment we’re very happy with.”
Pat Hartnett is being tipped to feature in the management team as coach, while Wayne Sherlock and Bríain Hurley, who was also in Barry-Murphy’s backroom team, may also be part of the set-up.
The appointment of Kingston is likely to draw more attention to the ongoing quest to find a new Cork senior football manager. Brian Cuthbert stepped down from his role in July and a sub-committee for the vacancy was set up on August 19, almost a full month before its hurling equivalent.
Lane is keen to ensure the process is done correctly rather than quickly. “We haven’t anything finalised in the football,” he said, “but we’re working towards that.
“I can’t say exactly when it will happen but we’re hopeful it will be done as soon as possible. ”
Meanwhile, the county board announced last night that next week’s SFC final between Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers will have a later-than-usual throw-in in Páirc Uí Rinn. Ireland’s Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina kicks off at 1pm and so the Premier IFC final between Carrigaline and St Michael’s will start at 3pm. The senior decider will then be at 5pm, making it almost certain to be the first Cork senior final to be played under floodlights.
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