The search for the new Cork senior football manager has come to an end.
Ronan McCarthy has been appointed to the job on a three-year term, replacing Peadar Healy whose stint as boss on Leeside came to an end after the Rebels’ loss to Mayo in the qualifiers this year.
McCarthy will take the hot seat with a fine pedigree to his name in Cork GAA circles. While he represented the county himself as a player, he has also served as a backroom management team member to the senior team under the reign of Conor Counihan in 2013 and Brian Cuthbert in 2014 and 2015.
In 2016, McCarthy managed Carbery Rangers to Cork Senior Football Championship glory for the first time in their history, having previously led his own club, Douglas, to the final of that championship in 2008.
As a player, he won two Munster medals and a league title; he also played at corner back in the 1999 All-Ireland Final defeat to Meath, as well as being a member of the 1991 All-Ireland winning Cork minor panel.
Ger Lane, Chairman of the Cork County Board, said of the appointment:
“The experience Ronan has at club and county level made him an ideal choice for this demanding role. He has been immersed in club and county football since his playing days ended and is well qualified to take this position. On behalf of everyone associated with Cork GAA, I would like to wish Ronan every success in his new role, and we all look forward to a successful period ahead.”
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we hear from Stephen Rochford and Éamonn Fitzmaurice after Kerry’s draw with Mayo, look ahead to Dublin vs Tyrone, and hear from Eddie Brennan while discussing the future of the U21 Hurling Championship.
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