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Healy poised to take Rebel football reins

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

Peadar Healy looks set to become the next Cork football manager
Peadar Healy looks set to become the next Cork football manager

Peadar Healy looks set to become the next Cork football manager in succession to Brian Cuthbert.

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Healy, a Glengarriff-based garda from the Naomh Aban club, is a former selector to Conor Counihan and has been in charge of Dr Crokes for the past year.

He could be assisted in a coaching capacity by former Cork defender Paudie Kissane who has worked with the Clare footballers in recent years and has recently been appointed as part of a high-profile minor backroom team. Healy was a selector when Cork won the All-Ireland title in 2010 with Kissane involved.

Current Castlehaven coach James McCarthy has also been linked with a potential backroom team under Healy. Cuthbert stepped down in the days after their qualifier loss to Kildare in July.

Former All-Ireland-winning manager Billy Morgan has been linked with the position in recent days but is not thought to be under strong consideration at this stage while Ephie Fitzgerald, Ronan McCarthy and Ned English have all been nominated and spoken to by the appointments committee.

This group includes former All-Ireland winners Nicholas Murphy, John O'Driscoll and John Coleman, in addition to County Board chairman Ger Lane and secretary Frank Murphy.

The most likely successor was always thought to be been former U-21 manager John Cleary who was overlooked for the position when Cuthbert was appointed two years ago but he has withdrawn his name twice from the process.

Irish Independent

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