Wednesday 18 January 2017

So many bosses gone in a season of high attrition

Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s resignation as Cork hurling manager brings to 13 the number of managers who have left the inter-county scene this season
Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s resignation as Cork hurling manager brings to 13 the number of managers who have left the inter-county scene this season

A baker's dozen down - how many more to go?

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy's resignation as Cork hurling manager brings to 13 the number of managers who have left the inter-county scene this season.

The others to depart were - Football: Brian Cuthbert (Cork), John Evans (Roscommon), Jack Sheedy (Longford), Jason Ryan (Kildare), Tomás ó Flatharta (Laois), Brian McIver (Derry), Peter Creedon (Tipperary), Jim McCorry (Down). Hurling: Eamon O'Shea (Tipperary), Brian Whelahan (Offaly), Kevin Ryan (Antrim), Eamon Kelly (Kerry).

It's a high attrition rate and they may be a few more changes too. It's most unusual for Cork to be without hurling and football managers at the same time, a scenario nobody would have envisaged when they reached the league finals in both codes last April.

McCorry and Evans steered their teams to promotion to Division 1 while Sheedy took Longford out of Division 4 but a few months later all three were gone. Team management sure is a tough gig.

Irish Independent

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