Kieran Kingston named as new Cork senior hurling manager
Kingston won two All-Ireland titles in the 1980s and has been handed two-year term
Kieran Kingston has been named the new Cork hurling manager. Photograph: Inpho
The 52-years-old Tracton-native is expected to include past inter-county players, Pat Hartnett from Midleton as coach and Blackrock’s Wayne Sherlock with responsibilities for the defence. Briain Hurley, who was the goalkeeper coach under Barry-Murphy’s direction, is tipped to remain on.
Kingston played for Cork during the 1980s, winning three Munster medals in 85, 86 and 1990, and a couple of All-Irelands in 1986 and 90, the year Cork completed the hurling and football double.
He joined Barry-Murphy’s management team as a selector in 2011 and later became the team coach before stepping down at the end of the 2014 season.
Kingston and Tomas Mulcahy, who captained Cork to the 1990 All-Ireland, were the front-runners to succeed Barry-Murphy, who stepped aside at the end of this season, with Kingston apparently enjoying the backing of the players.
“On behalf of the County Board, I would like to wish Kieran all the very best in his new position,” said chairman Gerard Lane.
“He joins a long list of distinguished Cork managers, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach.
“I would like to thank all the candidates who expressed an interest in the position, and also the members of the appointments committee for their endeavours,” he added.
However, the search is still going on for a football manager to replace Brian Cuthbert after the hot-favourite, John Cleary, opted out.