The wait to hear who Kieran Kingston’s successor as manager of the Cork hurlers is drawing to a close.
The ratification of the new boss was scheduled to take place at a county board meeting tonight but the appointment has been delayed until next Monday.
Hot favourite to take the reins on Leeside is John Meyler, who managed the county’s u-21 side to a Munster final defeat this year and was involved as a selector with the senior side for their 2017 campaign which has been deemed a huge success, considering the disappointment of the previous two years. The Rebels stunned All-Ireland champions Tipperary, Waterford and comfortably overcame Clare en route to a provincial triumph nobody saw coming.
Fellow selectors Pat Hartnett, Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Pat Ryan have stepped away with Kingston and declared themselves out of the running for the managerial post.
Kingston’s departure came as an unpleasant surprise to most hurling folk in Cork but the Tracton native has cited the level of commitment required to be an inter-county manager now as too much when attempting to balance work commitments also.
The nucleus of a lethal team has been left behind by Kingston after he introduced the likes of young stars Mark Coleman, Shane Kingston, Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon to senior inter-county championship. This means the incoming manager will have plenty of talent at his disposal and will be expected to build on this year’s success.