JBM returns as Cork get fired up

JIMMY Barry Murphy officially returned to the post of Cork senior hurling manager last night, but there is doubt as to what kind of NHL he will take charge in next spring.

At the meeting of the Cork County Board at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night, Barry Murphy’s appointment, and that of his selectors Johnny Crowley, Ger Cunningham, Kieran Kingston and Seánie McGrath, was carried unanimously by delegates, as expected.

But Cork could be set for a collision course with Central Council after widespread dissent was shown against the proposed changes to the hurling league for 2012.

When Central Council delegate Des Cullinane reported the plan to change to divisions of six teams for next year, John Corcoran of St Mary’s said he felt Cork should do everything in its power to ensure a return to eight-team divisions, while Finbarr McCarthy of Glen Rovers pointed out that some counties would only play seven competitive matches in a year.

In addition, county board treasurer Pearse Murphy pointed out that the loss of league games would hit counties financially, while secretary Frank Murphy lamented the change as “a retrograde step”.

He said it was unfair Wexford and Limerick would be playing in a division other than Division 1 next year, despite efforts at avoiding relegation and achieving promotion respectively in 2011, and estimated those counties could lose up to €100,000 as a result of having to play in Division 1B.

Murphy also felt the football counties carried an undue influence at Central Council and that it was unacceptable situation from the point of view of counties serious about hurling, who should have a say in their own destiny. Every effort should be made to have that remedied, he said.

With nobody speaking contrary to the general mood, it was agreed Cork would try to rescind the changes.

In addition to Barry Murphy, the appointment of Pat Kenneally as new minor hurling manager was approved.

Seamus Lawton (Castlemartyr), Mark Kenny (Grenagh) and Peter Brennan (Ballinhassig) will be intermediate selectors, joining the previously announced manager Liam Hayes of Dromina and Delanys’ Pat O’Connell.



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