Thursday 27 October 2016

Barry-Murphy tight-lipped as speculation rumbles on

Published 27/08/2015 | 02:30

Jimmy Barry Murphy insists that he is still manager of the Cork hurling squad
Jimmy Barry Murphy insists that he is still manager of the Cork hurling squad

Jimmy Barry-Murphy insists he's "still manager as of now" of the Cork hurlers despite suggestions on Leeside that he's ready to step away from the role.

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Almost five weeks have passed since Cork's All-Ireland quarter-final exit and despite his declaration that he was "looking forward to next year" just minutes after that defeat to Galway, Barry-Murphy's future has been the subject of much speculation.

The former dual star still has a year left to run on his deal but rumours swirled that he was ready to walk away ahead of the county board meeting earlier this month.

However, the performance of the senior hurlers did not come up at that meeting and he was remaining tight-lipped about his future yesterday. The Cork county board will meet again on September 15.

"I haven't even thought about it since (the Galway game)," he said.

"The club championships are on and I honestly haven't thought about it since the match in Thurles that day.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm still manager as of now anyway."

Barry-Murphy's former Cork team-mate Tomas Mulcahy had been linked with the hurling post but he distanced himself from the role and urged the current Rebels boss to remain at the helm.

"That's not on my horizon at all, I have no interest in becoming the Cork hurling manager," Mulcahy explained last week.

"I've not been contacted about that matter by the county board and as far as I can see there is no vacancy there anyway."

"I strongly support Jimmy continuing in the position and seeing out his term."

Barry Murphy was in Croke Park for his induction into the GAA Hall of Fame along with former Dublin footballer Jimmy Keaveney.

"It's a lovely honour and it is a fantastic amenity (the GAA museum) when you look and see all the medals," he said.

"Mick Mackey's medals are there, Jimmy Doyle, Christy Ring, Jack Lynch. It is a great exhibition and it is lovely to be part of it and to have my memorabilia there it is a tremendous honour. It is very much appreciated."

Irish Independent

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