Less than one week ago, it came as a shock to many in the GAA world to hear the news that Kieran Kingston stepped down as manager of the Cork Senior Hurling team.
In 2017, Kingston led the Rebels to their first piece of Munster Championship silverware since 2014, while getting his team to produce some magical and unforgettable performances along the way.
Even though the Rebel’s 2017 season was one of success, the Cork County Board released the following statement:
“Cork Senior Hurling manager Kieran Kingston this morning informed County Board Chairman Gerard Lane of his decision not to accept the offer of a second term.
Kieran had met with the Chairman last week to review 2017 and was offered a further two year term. Taking time to consider this offer over the last week, Kieran informed the Chairman of his decision to step down as Senior Hurling manager earlier today.”
Since the Tracton club man’s departure, there have been many questions over who is set to take over Kingston’s role as the next Cork Senior hurling manager.
One name that was heavily linked with the position was former full-back and 2017 selector Diarmuid O’Sullivan, however in a statement on Twitter, he expressed that he has no interest in the job for the moment:
Just to clarify where I stand ?⚪ pic.twitter.com/ualoeQrSxf
— Diarmuid O'Sullivan (@dsully3) September 27, 2017
Now, with O’Sullivan out of the picture, the bookies have completely turned their attention to John Meyler.
Meyler, who led the Cork u-21s to the Munster final this year, is currently a strong 1/6 favourite with bookmaker Paddy Power to land the lucrative role.
Some of the other candidates are Mark Landers (7/1), Tomás Mulcahy (8/1) followed by Ger Cunningham at 10/1, Pat Mulcahy at 14/1, Donal Óg Cusack 14/1.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man GAA podcast, where we chat to Jackie Tyrell and discuss Kieran Kingston’s departure from Cork.