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Kieran Kingston steps aside as Cork hurling manager

Kingston declines new two-year term with the county

Kieran Kingston. Photograph: Inpho

Kieran Kingston has turned down a new two-year term with the Cork hurlers, bringing to an end his time as manager with the county.

The Cork county board released a statement on Saturday evening announcing that Kingston would be stepping down as manager having decided not to accept the offer of a second term.

“It’s a huge disappointment to see Kieran leave this position after such huge progress during the two years of his management,” county board chairman Gerard Lane said. “The performances of the team throughout the league and championship were a direct result of Kieran’s input and he has left Cork hurling in a very good place.

“Our board had an outstanding relationship with Kieran and his backroom team and we are very sorry to see his departure. Many new players got the opportunity to develop under his management and proved their worth in championship 2017 only going down to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.

“Kieran has laid a very solid foundation and left the team in a very good position and on behalf of all in Cork GAA, I wish to sincerely thank him for his wonderful contribution to Cork hurling. I would hope Kieran will stay involved in some capacity with Cork but I fully understand the demands on an inter-county manager and I wish him the very best for the future.”