Monday 19 February 2018

Kieran Kingston steps down as Cork manager after two seasons in charge

21 May 2017; Cork manager Kieran Kingston during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
21 May 2017; Cork manager Kieran Kingston during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Kieran Kingston has stepped down as Cork hurling manager after declining an offer of a second term.

Kingston guided the Rebels to a Munster title and an All-Ireland semi-final appearance in 2017, his second season in charge, but informed Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane of his decision this morning.

Cork were beaten by Waterford in the final four this year, their first semi-final appearance since 2014.

Commenting on the announcement, Ger Lane said, "It’s a huge disappointment to see Kieran leave this position after such huge progress during the two years of his management. The performances of the team throughout the League and Championship were a direct result of Kieran's input and he has left Cork hurling in a very good place.

"Our board had an outstanding relationship with Kieran and his backroom team and we are very sorry to see his departure.

"Many new players got the opportunity to develop under his management and proved their worth in Championship 2017 only  going down to Waterford in the All Ireland Semi Final.

"Kieran has laid a very solid foundation and left the team in a very good position and on behalf of all in Cork GAA, I wish to sincerely thank him for his wonderful contribution to Cork hurling. I would hope Kieran will stay involved in some capacity with Cork  but I  fully understand the demands on an inter-county manager and I wish him the very best for the future."

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