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Counihan set to stay on as Cork boss

the Cork County Board are expected to confirm today that Conor Counihan is to stay on as football manager for a further two years.

Counihan has told members of the management committee that he will accept their offer to continue after guiding the county to a first All-Ireland SFC title in 20 years.

Counihan has fulfilled a three-year term with the Rebels, which he began in March 2008. Cork's progress under the Aghada man has been steady, culminating in the triumph against Down in September. They also picked up two Munster and two league titles (Division 1 and Division 2).

Another Cork man with a decision to make is Ciaran Sheehan, who still has an offer of an AFL contract on the table. Sheehan spent a month on trial with Carlton Blues last summer and is now coming under pressure from the club to make a call on it. However, locally it is expected that Sheehan, a key figure in Cork's success, will stay.

There is strong speculation on Leeside that Aisake O hAilpin will not make himself available to the hurling squad in 2011 after his older brother Sean Og was told he no longer figured in the management's plans.

The youngest O hAilpin brother has been in Australia in recent weeks and is one of those who, by last weekend, had not sat down for talks with Denis Walsh and his selectors. Sean Og remains the only high-profile omission from the 2011 squad.

Irish Independent