Saturday 15 December 2018

Cork delay naming new hurling manager

Fitzmaurice has a year to run on his latest agreement with Kerry County Board and a further two years, taking him until the end of 2020, was proposed late last month. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Fitzmaurice has a year to run on his latest agreement with Kerry County Board and a further two years, taking him until the end of 2020, was proposed late last month. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Cork have postponed putting forward a recommendation for the vacant hurling management position until early next week, with John Meyler still the favourite to succeed Kieran Kingston.

A County Board meeting was originally scheduled to take place tonight at which a ratification was expected but, with the official opening of Pairc Ui Chaoimh taking place ahead of Sunday's Cork hurling final between Blackrock and Imokilly, that has now been put off until Monday of next week.

Meyler was part of Kingston's backroom team this year, having taken over as manager of an U-21 team that featured some of the senior squad.

When Kingston stepped down Pat Hartnett, Pat Ryan and Diarmuid O'Sullivan all made it clear that they weren't interested in taking over.

That left Meyler, who was a Cork selector in the early 2000s and has since taken charge of Wexford, Carlow and Kerry.

Meanwhile, a Kerry County Board meeting that was due to hear a management proposal to extend Eamonn Fitzmaurice's tenure by two further years has been put off until tomorrow night.

Fitzmaurice has a year to run on his latest agreement with Kerry County Board and a further two years, taking him until the end of 2020, was proposed late last month.

It is not clear if there will be unanimous support among Kerry clubs for the extension.

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