Sunday 21 January 2018

Ronan McCarthy tipped to succeed Cuthbert

Ronan McCarthy
Ronan McCarthy
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Ronan McCarthy has emerged as the front-runner to replace Brian Cuthbert as manager of the Cork footballers, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

John Cleary had been considered the favourite for the post, having been previously overlooked for the role when Cuthbert was appointed.

However, it is believed the double All-Ireland winner has had to reconsider due to the time involved in managing the side. Cleary had previously steered Cork to an All-Ireland U-21 title.

Douglas man McCarthy is experienced, having first served as a selector under Conor Counihan in 2013 before his services were retained by Cuthbert.

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 in the 1999 All-Ireland final defeat to Meath.

Cork are also on the lookout for a hurling manager after Jimmy Barry-Murphy stood down last week. Kieran Kingston has emerged as the early favourite.

Meanwhile, former Kildare All Star Glenn Ryan has been installed as joint favourite to replace his namesake Jason as the Lilywhites' senior football manager.

Ryan and current Kerry coach Cian O'Neill are the bookies' 3/1 joint favourites to take over from the Waterford-based coach.

The Kildare County Board has established a selection committee to look for candidates and it is expected to actively begin its search in the next week, while a committee has also been formed to find a successor to Brian Lawlor, who stepped down as the county's hurling manager.

Irish Independent

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