Former  Cork manager Brian Cuthbert looks dejected at Semple Stadium during his side’s loss to Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At some point in the 72 hours it took Brian Cuthbert to decide not to seek another year as Cork football manager, the thought must have stuck: what i(...)

Brian Cuthbert has opted not to extend his tenure as manager of Cork senior football team. Photograph: Inpho

Brian Cuthbert has stepped down as manager of the Cork senior football team after two years in charge. This comes following the Rebel’s All Ireland Ch(...)

Dejected Cork manager Brian Cuthbert: “Cork were asked to take part in a race on Saturday night from a standing start while their opponents were already sprinting.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork exit the All-Ireland football championship under a heavy cloud of disappointment and analysis of what is ‘wrong’ with their team. I wasn’t entire(...)

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“You weren’t expecting that, were yiz?” Alan Smith said to those gathered outside the Kildare changing room on Saturday night. Not many saw it coming(...)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If Brian Cuthbert is still trying to figure out why his Cork team have found themselves in this precarious position then he’s not alone. They effec(...)

Eoin Cadogan is named in midfield by Cork manager Brian Cuthbert for Saturday’s qualifier against Kildare. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert has made some notable changes to his team for Saturday’s fourth-round qualifier against Kildare in Thurles – in p(...)

Paul Geaney scores Kerry’s crucial goal despite the efforts of Cork’s Michael Shields at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 From the inseparable to the indisputable, what now lies ahead for Kerry and Cork couldn’t be more different. Seasons and moods ha(...)

Darragh Ó Sé shadows Graham Canty in the Munster semi-final replay in 2009. It was a game in which Kerry failed to match Cork’s tempo – but they were to regain their momentum in the qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Replays are all about the head. Kerry and Cork wouldn’t have been able to do a whole pile of innovation between the drawn game and this weekend. Wi(...)

Alan O’Connor put in a towering performance in the centre of the pitch  last Sunday and as the game wore on, his self-belief got stronger and stronger. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It gets harder and harder to know who to believe. Never mind that: it gets harder and harder to be believed, full stop. In the run-up to the Munster f(...)

Kieran Donaghy scores Kerry’s first goal in their drawn Munster Senior Football Championship Final clash with Cork last Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A really gripping Munster final in Killarney leaves both Cork and Kerry with everything to play for and a huge number of question marks hanging over b(...)