Friday 20 April 2018

Ronan McCarthy named as Cork's new football boss on a three-year term

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Ronan McCarthy has been named as the man to succeed Peadar Healy as Cork football manager.

The Cork County Board announced the decision this afternoon.

County Chairman Gerard Lane said, “The experience Ronan has at club and county level made him an ideal choice for this demanding role. He has been immersed in club and county football since his playing days ended and is well qualified to take this position.

"On behalf of everyone associated with Cork GAA, I would like to wish Ronan every success in his new role, and we all look forward to a successful period ahead.”

McCarthy served as a selector with Conor Counihan in 2013 and was retained by Brian Cuthbert in 2014 and '15.

He also coached Douglas to a County Final appearance in 2008, and in 2016 he led Carbery Rangers to win their first ever County Senior Football Championship.

During his playing career with the Rebels, which spanned the 1990s and 2000s, he won two Munster medals and a League title; he also played at corner back in the 1999 All-Ireland Final defeat to Meath. He was a member of the 1991 All-Ireland winning Cork Minor panel.

McCarthy takes over the reins with the Rebels after a disappointing 2017 which saw them fail to gain promotion from Division Two in the league, narrowly avoid defeat to Waterford and Tipperary in Munster and suffer a Munster final drubbing at the hand of Kerry.

They did show some promise in the qualifier defeat to Mayo, where they forced the game into extra time.

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