Friday 23 March 2018

Incoming boss Kingston adds Flannery to new-look Cork backroom

Frank Flannery has helped Wexford kingpins Oulart-The Ballagh to senior county titles
Frank Flannery has helped Wexford kingpins Oulart-The Ballagh to senior county titles
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Incoming Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has made Frank Flannery the latest addition to his backroom team.

Flannery has built up a significant coaching CV in recent years and has helped the likes of Wexford kingpins Oulart-The Ballagh and Kerry's Ardfert to senior county titles.

Flannery also served as Cork minor coach in 2012 and 2013 and will fill that role in Kingston's backroom team.

Pat Hartnett, Diarmuid O'Sullivan and Pat Ryan have already been named as selectors.

Elsewhere, a revolutionary group called 'Saffron Vision' is about to make an audacious bid to oust the current Antrim County Board.

The group of eight men are putting their names forward to county convention and are asking clubs to vote for them en bloc to effectively overthrow the current regime.

In a letter sent out to all clubs this week, the group declared it was their "firm belief that a new county board is required to effect the change necessary to lift Antrim to a new level".


Outlining their mission statement, the group said the current set-up in Antrim "does not reflect our true potential" and that existing structures "are not serving the county well".

Brendan Mulgrew, one of the eight men seeking election and a former county PRO, admitted yesterday their orchestrated campaign for change is unusual, but necessary in order to reinvigorate a success-starved county.

"We don't intend to get involved in any tit for tat with the county board," he said.

"They have all put in a massive effort and we are not pointing the finger at anyone.

"There is an appetite for change and we are using the democratic structures that are in place. We are doing it in a positive way."

Among their key concerns is the lack of progress over major infrastructure developments at Casement Park and the Centre of excellence at Dunsilly.

"There is huge frustration over Dunsilly, and Casement has been closed for three years now, which is heartbreaking for all of us," added Mulgrew.

"We want to prioritise development squads and getting resources to them, and agreeing a fixtures programme that accommodates county teams as well as clubs. It's over to the clubs now.

"We will talk to them and assess the mood."

Irish Independent

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