Sunday 19 November 2017

Cuthbert's exit ends era of long-serving Cork bosses

Cork manager Brian Cuthbert
Cork manager Brian Cuthbert
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Brian Cuthbert's departure after just two years ends Cork's long-established policy of having football managers in place for several seasons.

Billy Morgan (two separate terms), Larry Tompkins and Conor Counihan managed Cork for 27 seasons between them, prior to the appointment of Cuthbert in late 2013.

He was expected to be taking Cork to Croke Park this weekend but, instead, has stood down after just two seasons in charge.

Cuthbert had completed his initial two-year term and decided not to seek re-appointment after a traumatic seven days, during which Cork lost the Munster final replay to Kerry, before being well beaten by Kildare in a Round 4 qualifier last Saturday.

"From being within a few seconds of being crowned Munster champions to making our All-Ireland championship exit at the hands of Kildare at the weekend has been difficult for me, the players and the backroom staff.


"The short period involved demonstrates the tight margins that exist between success and failure at inter-county level," said Cuthbert.

While the setback against Kerry in the Munster final replay was disappointing, the shock defeat by Kildare stunned the football world, leaving Cuthbert and the squad facing heavy criticism in Cork.

It's likely that there would have been opposition from clubs to his re-appointment, but it's no longer an issue following his exit.

Cork topped Division 1 in both of the last two seasons, but were heavily beaten by Dublin in the 2014 League semi-final and this year's final.

However, it was the tame exit from the Championship last Saturday that left Cuthbert's regime under intense scrutiny.

The process of finding a replacement will be launched in due course, although there's no immediate hurry, given Cork's unusually early departure from the Championship.

Irish Independent

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