Limerick & Cork managers to stay on for 2012

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Updated: August 4, 2011

The Cork County Board expect Conor Counihan to remain as boss of the senior footballers next season despite losing out to Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-finals last weekend.

Counihan agreed a two-year term with the board last season and county chairman Jerry O’Sullivan said that he believes the manager will honour that contract.

Speaking to The Examiner,O’Sullivan said: “I’m sure that Conor will come back to have another crack off it. That is certainly what we’d be hoping in Cork

“When he was reappointed at the end of last year he got a two-year term and there’s another year left on that yet. That two-year term would be the standard practice when we are appointing intercounty managers.

“Unfortunately, things didn’t work out for the lads last Sunday but with a bit of luck we could have won that game against Mayo.

“They have given a great account of themselves over the last five or six years in terms of winning an All-Ireland title, reaching All-Ireland semi-finals and finals, and winning silverware in the league. I’m sure they’ll be back.”

In Limerick young star Kevin Downes has called on Donal O’Grady to stay on as manager of the county’s hurlers to “build on the progress” of 2011.

Under the Cork native, Limerick were promoted to Division One of the National League this season and also made the last eight of the championship, where they narrowly lost out to Dublin. As of yet, O’Grady has yet to decide on his future but Downes is hoping that the boss remains in charge.

“Donal has made a huge difference to Limerick hurling and he is a brilliant coach,” said the player.

“Donal will make his own mind up whether he will stay on or not and he will take his time, but I know the players want him to stay on.

“Personally speaking, I want him to stay on and build on the progress. He is a top-class coach.”

“This was a huge year for Limerick hurling after the tough few years we have had.

“Things were in a bad place but we managed to get out of Division 2 and now we will be playing with the big boys next year and that is where any good hurling county needs to be.

“Getting out of Division 2 was the most important thing. We were very disappointed to lose to Waterford and very disappointed to lose to Dublin, but that’s championship hurling.”

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