Kingston takes over as Cork boss
Kieran Kingston has been handed the keys to the Cork senior hurling kingdom, tasked with guiding the Rebels back to All-Ireland glory.
The Tracton clubman takes over as manager from Jimmy Barry-Murphy at a time when Cork have gone ten years without winning an All-Ireland, and when their stock value is not particularly high after championship defeats by Waterford and Galway, the latter by a wide margin. Cork also lost the Allianz League final to Waterford this year.
Kingston, who won All-Ireland senior medals in 1986 and 1990, has been given a two-year term.
As with Cork's more recent managers, he will choose his own selectors and coaches.
He was part of Barry-Murphy's backroom team for a few seasons, which will have given him a valuable insight into the demands involved in such a high-profile position.
It will also help him assess the talent at his disposal for the re-building process.
He becomes the ninth man to hold the position since the turn of the Millennium, following in the footsteps of Barry-Murphy, who served for two separate terms (1996-2000 and 2012-15), Tom Cashman, Bertie Óg Murphy, Donal O'Grady, John Allen, Gerald McCarthy, John Considine (an interim appointment for a short spell in 2009) and Denis Walsh.
Welcoming Kingston's appointment, Cork county board chairman Gerard Lane said he brought him "a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach.
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