After Diarmuid O’Sullivan ruled him self out of contention for the vacant Cork senior hurlers’ managerial post, another frontrunner has now also taken his name off the table.
Pat Ryan, who like O’Sullivan was a member of Kingston’s backroom staff, has told the Evening Echo that he will not be putting himself forward for the position that the previous manager vacated last weekend, with the Sarsfields man citing family and work commitments as primary factors:
“I will not be allowing my name to go forward for consideration. There are a number of reasons for that, mainly the age profile of my children and work commitments.
“I have three children aged 10, seven and four and they, obviously, take up a lot of your time. I do quite a lot of shift work too which makes it difficult and, to be quite honest, the workload now of an inter-county manager is immense.
“I could see the amount of work that Kieran was putting in, it’s nearly a full-time post now and you saw the situation in Waterford when Derek McGrath took a year out from work to concentrate on managing the team.’’
With O’Sullivan announcing via social media that he too is not up for the job, the pool is shallowing somewhat unless the county board consider a replacement from outside of Cork. As it stands, under-21 manager John Meyler, another selector during Kingston’s reign, is probably now the favourite of many to take the job.
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