Friday 9 December 2016

Brian Cuthbert: It has been a difficult time since Kerry defeat

Published 29/07/2015 | 14:42

Brain Cuthbert
Brain Cuthbert

Brian Cuthbert has admitted that it has been a difficult time for all concerned with the Cork panel, but has praised the "huge" commitment of the players and his backroom team.

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The Rebels exited the championship following a second loss in a week, with an eight-point defeat to Kildare on Saturday following a Munster final replay defeat to neighbours Kerry.

Both defeats saw below-par performances from the Rebels and Cuthbert has decided not to seek reappointment and has stood down with immediate effect.

"From being within a few seconds of being crowned Munster Champions to making our All Ireland Championship exit at the hands of Kildare at the week-end has been difficult for me, the players and backroom staff," he said in a statement issued by the Cork County Board.

"The short period involved demonstrates the tight margins that exist between success and failure at inter county level.

Read more: Cork manager Brian Cuthbert steps down after championship exit

"I would like to thank the players and all the backroom staff for their huge commitment over the past two years. I would also like to thank the Cork County Board for extending every support possible to myself and the team in the course of the League and Championship campaigns.

County Chairman Gerard Lane praised the contribution of Cuthbert and believes he still has a lot to offer the GAA.

"On behalf of the County Board and on my own behalf, I would like to thank Brian for his service to Cork GAA, not just as Senior manager but as a selector with Conor Counihan and as a successful Minor manager previously. Brian still has a lot to offer to the GAA and I wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

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