Thursday 18 October 2018

'We didn't see it coming' - Cork star Horgan on Kieran Kingston's surprise departure as manager

13 August 2017; Patrick Horgan of Cork during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Cork and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
13 August 2017; Patrick Horgan of Cork during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Cork and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

KIERAN KINGSTON'S resignation as Cork hurling boss came as a bombshell to his players – but Patrick Horgan can perfectly understand why the manager felt compelled to quit.

For Kingston and others of his ilk, inter-county team management has become a de facto full-time job, reckons the All Star forward.

Instead of Cork trying to drive on from last year's Munster title triumph under the same manager, they will hope to stay on an upward curve under John Meyler, who has stepped up from his old role as a selector.

"We didn’t see it coming, to be honest," Horgan admitted of Kington's shock departure last September.

"But then, when he explained that it was work, you understand. The time he was giving to it, he actually treated the job like a full-time job. And he put a lot of time in. 

"To be fair, he got a bit of a reward (in the guise of winning Munster) but I know him, and he left wanting more," he added, speaking in Dublin today as eir sport announced details of its live coverage of the upcoming Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues.

"And if he could have stayed, he would have. It is unfortunate that he had to go, but we just have to drive on this year with John and see what we can get out of it."

Horgan stressed: "There isn’t much of a change in our training or our team. We still have the same physical coach. Not much has changed apart from Kieran going last year; fellas have been carrying on and training hard. We won’t know for a couple months.

"He (Meyler) would have seen in the build-up to games how we trained and how hard we trained, and he has managed plenty of teams. He is well able. We are delighted at the moment, training is hard, the same as it ever is."

The following 17 Saturday night matches will be broadcast by eir sport across seven weekends:

27/01

5pm

Dublin v Offaly (H)

eir sport 1

27/01

5pm

Cork v Tipperary (F)

eir sport 2

27/01

7pm

Dublin v Kildare (F)

eir sport 2

27/01

7pm

Cork v Kilkenny (H)

eir sport 1

 

03/02

7pm

Mayo v Kerry (F)

eir sport 1

03/02

Deferred

Tyrone v Dublin (F) (DEFERRED)

eir sport 2

03/02

7pm

Tipperary v Waterford (H)

eir sport 2

 

10/02

7pm

Dublin v Donegal (F)

eir sport 2

10/02

7pm

Cavan v Meath (F)

eir sport 1

 

17/02

7pm

Tipperary v Wexford (H)

eir sport 2

17/02

7pm

Limerick v Dublin (H)

eir sport 1

 

24/02

7pm

Mayo v Dublin (F)

eir sport 2

24/02

7pm

Monaghan v Tyrone (F)

eir sport 1

 

03/03

7pm

Dublin v Kerry (F)

eir sport 2

03/03

7pm

Tyrone v Donegal (F)

eir sport 1

 

17/03

7pm

Kerry v Kildare (F)

eir sport 2

17/03

7pm

Cork v Clare (F)

eir sport 1

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport