Thursday 8 December 2016

Support growing for Barry-Murphy return

DAMIAN LAWLOR

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

THE Cork GAA Executive will tonight take their first steps towards appointing a senior hurling manager for the 2012 season.

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While outgoing boss Denis Walsh's name is still in the mix for the position, former manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy's name has been mooted and there is a huge groundswell of support for the St Finbarr's legend who led the county to All-Ireland success and who hasn't yet ruled out a return to the job.

Speculation is building that if he takes the hot-seat again, a coaching role would be offered to Ger Cunningham. Barry-Murphy is seen as a particularly unifying character and would be extremely popular with both players and officials. When he took over the team last time around he invested in youth and the dividends were handsome.

The county board executive will meet at 6.0 this evening, after a double header of senior championship matches, to take their first steps in filling the position. Three members of the top table, Frank Murphy, Bob Ryan and Jerry O'Sullivan will meet with delegated club representatives Pat Horgan (Midleton), Michael Byrnes (Ballyhea) and John Corcoran (St Anne's).

If Barry-Murphy is interested in the job an official appointment could be announced before the targeted date of October 1.

The elected manager will be given a three-year term and will be allowed to pick his own selectors.

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