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Cork Legend Brian Corcoran Backs John Meyler To Remain As Manager

Cork legend Brian Corcoran believes appointing a new manager could be more detrimental to Cork than having John Meyler stay on in the role. 

Meyler’s two-year term as the Rebels boss came to an end following their season-ending loss to Kilkenny in the All Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park on Sunday.

Whether or not the St Finbarrs man will stay on as manager is yet unknown but Corcoran believes introducing a new manager could be just as disruptive.

“It’s his second year. Sometimes bringing in a new manager can be just as disruptive. It’s very rare that a new manager comes in and they hit the ground running in their first year so the concern with bringing in someone new is that there’s going to be a rebuilding process again. 

“I know some people are probably looking for new faces but I’m not sure that’s necessarily the best thing either. We haven’t had great success at underage level either, it’s not like we’ve won three minors and two U21s and that manager is ready to come forward.

“Denis Ring and John Considine have been involved in the underage the last few years but we haven’t won All Irelands in that grade either. So if you do bring in someone new, you’re back into a rebuilding process. 

“John got criticised last year for the depth of the bench and having to bring injured guys back on for the Limerick game and obviously he tried to address that this year with having a little bit more attacking power on the bench.

“I wouldn’t be immediately of the mindset that Meyler has to go and bring in somebody new because I’m not sure we have someone waiting to take the reins up.” 

Cork’s 2-27 to 3-18 loss on Sunday signalled the end of their record of winning an All Ireland in every decade since the inception of the GAA and it also marked their fourth loss in Croke Park since 2013.

Corcoran suggests that their failure to win in GAA HQ in six years is not a mental block surrounding the stadium but rather a lack of self-belief and confidence in knock-out games.

“I don’t think it’s Croke Park. I think every player wants to be here. If you asked the guys yesterday would they prefer to play Kilkenny down in Nowlan Park or in Thurles or here, I think most guys would say here because this is where you want to be on the big occasion.

“The last two years, the Waterford game until the sending off, there wasn’t much in it. And obviously last year, six points up with whatever it was left. I’m not sure it’s a mental block with the stadium but maybe it’s a belief or lack of belief or confidence, are we really going to be good enough to win it?

“I think whether you call it a mental block or a lack of belief, you need to push through that. Ultimately, if you don’t believe you’re going to do it, then chances are you’re not going to do it.”

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To coincide with the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-20 Provincial Championship Finals preview, Bord Gáis Energy announced two exclusive tours of Croke Park for Rewards Club customers with Cork’s Brian Corcoran and Kilkenny’s Eddie Brennan.

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