Barry-Murphy gets three-year term with Rebels
CORK have wasted no time in installing dual legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy as their new hurling manager in a desperate bid to make up ground on Munster arch-rivals Tipperary and Waterford.
Barry-Murphy's appointment to succeed Denis Walsh is officially subject to an expected ratification by the county committee on September 6.
A formal statement yesterday revealed that Barry-Murphy is being recommended and said the announcement was designed to allow him get his back-room team in place and also to expedite the appointment of the county's other hurling managers.
Barry-Murphy will have a three-year term and will have the right to appoint his own selectors, something that has not always been the case in Cork and was one of the issues about which their players went on strike in late 2007. It is expected that Ger Cunningham, the long-time county goalkeeper and former senior selector, will also be involved. And there is also speculation that another former county star, Pat Hartnett, will be a selector.
This is not the first time Barry-Murphy has managed the Cork seniors. He managed the Rebel County to an All-Ireland minor title in 1995 and then to senior glory in 1999, but that came after four years in charge and some believe it will take him several years to make Cork a force at senior level again.