Saturday 22 July 2017

Counihan in no rush

Cork manager Conor Counihan. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Cork manager Conor Counihan. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Conor Counihan will wait a number of weeks before deciding if he will remain on as Cork football manager.

Counihan's three-year term is up, but traditionally in Cork a winning All-Ireland manager is automatically invited to stay on.

He indicated yesterday that he will take time before deciding if he wants to commit again.

There is some concern in Cork that Counihan will opt not to extend his time in charge, having scaled the heights with this team in Sunday's gripping final. A number of the team's veterans will also consider their futures, but despite their injuries, Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy and Anthony Lynch are all likely to make themselves available for next year's defence of the title.

Goalkeeper Alan Quirke said yesterday he will play on provided the injuries he battled with all year clear up.

It remains to be seen too if Ciaran Sheehan will accept an offer this year to switch to AFL club Carlton.

The 19-year-old trialled with the Melbourne club last summer and spurned an opportunity to take up a rookie contract, preferring to put it on hold instead. But it could become a live option again in the coming weeks now that he has won an All-Ireland title.

Carlton have been tracking Sheehan for the last four years.

Irish Independent

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