Monday 16 January 2017

Can’t wait ‘til next year: JBM defiant despite Cork defeat

Published 26/07/2015 | 18:26

Jonathan Glynn, Galway, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Galway v Cork. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Jonathan Glynn, Galway, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Galway v Cork. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Cork's hurlers capped off a disastrous weekend for the county as they were routed 2-28 to 0-22 by Galway in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final to join their footballers in exiting the championship prematurely.

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The Rebels were comprehensively beaten for the second season in-a-row and in the aftermath of today’s loss, questions immediately turned to the future of Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

This was Barry-Murphy’s fourth season of his second spell as county manager and when asked by RTÉ 's Joanne Cantwell whether he planned on being around for 2016, he gave a straightforward response.

“I’m looking forward to next season,” he said, before saying the same thing to a follow-up question of whether he was certain to return.

And JBM was similarly defiant when interviewed by Oisin Langan on Newstalk, reminding listeners of how close Cork have come in recent years to the ultimate prize.

“Can’t wait ‘til next year, work it out yourselves,” Barry-Murphy said.

“There is talent there. We were Munster champions last year, we were in the All-Ireland final two years ago. Unlucky to lose, a time-keeping error. After that, we have competed at the highest level, just falling a small bit short."

While Barry-Murphy hasn’t lead Cork to an All-Ireland title in his second spell in charge, losing to Clare in a final replay in 2013, he did win a Liam McCarthy cup in 1999 during his previous stint as manager.

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