Denis Walsh’s reign as Manager of the Cork hurlers came to an abrupt end on Tuesday following a meeting with the Cork County Board.
The Board is now seeking a ‘new’ Manager for Cork. Former Goalkeeper Ger Cunningham is one of the early favourites for the post together with Under 21 boss Ger Fitzgerald and former Manager, Jimmy Barry Murphy. County Board Chairman Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin paid tribute to Walsh in a statement issued later.
“As Chairman of the County Committee, I wish to confirm that the Appointment Committee which has a responsibility for recommending the County Senior Hurling Manager has decided that there will be a change of Manager.
The Vice Chairman and myself, as members of the Committee, have met with the outgoing Manager Denis Walsh, whose term as Manager has been completed, and informed him of this decision. Denis accepted the position graciously and offered to provide any assistance or advice in the transition period to the new Manager, when appointed.
On behalf of the County Committee, I wish to place on record our sincere thanks to Denis for his trojan work on behalf of the County hurling team over the past two and a half years. He took up the challenging position at a difficult time, and with his team management colleagues put in enormous time and effort in preparing and developing the team panel. He at all times presented an excellent and courteous public image. Denis has given outstanding service to this County as both a great dual player, and as a Manager/Coach, and we know he will continue to serve the Association well in various capacities in the future.
I wish also to pay tribute to the other Selectors, Pat Buckley, Jerry Ryan and Pa Finn, and to the other members of Denis’s ‘backroom team’ for their dedicated work during their term in office.
The Appointment Committee is now proceeding with its consideration of the appointment of a Manager but no further information is available at this stage”
Many Cork fans meantime feel that whilst Walsh has taken them as far as he can, the team still needs to replace as many as 6/8 of the current team with members of the Under 21 squad. Another former player gaining favour with the supporters is Tomas Mulcahy but the early front runner is Jimmy Barry Murphy.