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Kieran Kingston has been recommended as the new manager of the Cork Senior hurling team for a three-year term.

The Tracton man, who was previously in charge of the county from 2015 to 2017, will have Cork legends Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid O’Sullivan alongside him as coaches.

In a statement released this evening, Cork GAA said that the aim of the selection process was to “put in place a structure that would ensure the best possible management teams for each grade of Cork hurling, both now and into the future, and also to provide a pathway for the development of younger coaches and those with less inter-county experience.”

With that in mind, the county have also lined up impressive management teams for underage level.

Three-time All-Ireland winner Donal Óg Cusack will take over as the new minor Cork boss on a one-year basis. He will be joined by former teammates Tom Kenny and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.

Meanwhile, Pat Ryan (Sarsfields) will take the helm at U20 for a two-year term, joined by Donal O’Mahony (Bishopstown), Brendan Coleman (Youghal), Fergal Condon (Aghada) and Wayne Sherlock (Blackrock).

Commenting on the announcement, County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appointments process, and honoured to be putting these names before County Board on Tuesday night.

“As I indicated at the outset, we did not want to rush into any decisions, and the length of the process is indicative both of the extent of our consultation and the number of excellent people who were willing to talk to us about Cork hurling.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those who have agreed to serve as managers, coaches and selectors, and I truly believe that we now have a structure in place which will ensure that we can always secure the best people to lead Cork teams, on a clear pathway for both coaches and players from underage all the way through to Senior.”

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