Friday 19 January 2018

D-Day for Cork panel's hopes of having say in decision on new manager

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork County Board will tonight begin the process of appointing a hurling manager after Denis Walsh's three years in charge came to an end with the defeat to Galway in last week's qualifier.

But it's not yet certain if any members of the existing hurling squad will have a direct influence on who the next manager is.

Outgoing manager Walsh has indicated that he may be willing to stay on for another term if the required support is there for him.

Last week, Cork chairman Jerry O'Sullivan said the board would take control of the process used to appoint a manager.

Two and a half years ago the GAA's director general Paraic Duffy intervened to appoint a three-man committee -- comprising three former players, Jimmy Barry Murphy, John Fenton and Denis Coughlan -- after Gerald McCarthy's resignation. They came up with Denis Walsh's name.

The board will invite motions at tonight's meeting as to how the process should proceed.

But it is understood that the model suggested by the Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey in 2008, whereby two players, or two players representatives, would be part of an appointments committee no longer applies.

The involvement of players on a committee may be put forward in a motion, while the establishment of another three-man committee won't be ruled out either.

Cork County Board won't meet again for a month, when the process is likely to be decided.

Irish Independent

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