THE Cork County Board have made a determined bid to retain Conor Counihan as football team manager by publicly inviting him to remain on for a further two years.
Counihan has yet to make up his mind whether he intends to extend his three-year term, but the board will be hoping that he will react positively to their clear attempt to persuade him to take the challenge of pursuing a second All-Ireland title in a row.
They also voted unanimously to allow him to select all of his backroom team, an issue which has caused discord in Cork in the past.
It's unusual to reappoint a manager who is still undecided -- publicly at least -- as to whether he is interested in continuing.
However, the Cork powerbrokers may believe that their public support for a man who has steered what had been an underachieving squad to an All-Ireland title, National League Division 1 and 2 titles, plus two Munster titles in three seasons, may influence Counihan to continue.
There has been growing unease in Cork over Counihan's intentions after watching what unfolded in Tipperary, where Liam Sheedy waited five weeks before announcing that he would not be continuing as hurling manager.