Friday 15 December 2017

Kingston takes over as Cork boss

Kieran Kingston has taken over as Cork boss
Kieran Kingston has taken over as Cork boss
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

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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