BRIAN CUTHBERT HAS tonight been ratified as the new Cork senior football manager.
A county board meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh rubberstamped Cuthbert’s appointment for a two-year term.
Cuthbert succeeds Conor Counihan after the 2010 All-Ireland winning boss stepped down in the wake of Cork’s championship defeat to Dublin in August.
The Bishopstown club man had been one of the front-runners for the post with former county U21 manager John Cleary, the other main contender vying for the post.
But Cuthbert was the selection of the six-man selection committee which included county board executive members Bob Ryan, Frank Murphy and Ger Lane along with club delegates Frank Long (Bandon), Paul McCarthy (Kinsale) and Dermot O’Regan (Douglas).
Cuthbert had been involved as a Cork senior selector since the start of the 2013 season when he was drafted in by Counihan. He is in line
Before that Cuthbert was a well-regarded figure on the Cork club scene and had been at the helm of his club’s senior football side. Bishopstown reached the Cork SFC semi-final stage this year before bowing out against Nemo Rangers last month.
Cuthbert’s inter-county management credentials were affirmed with the Cork minor side that he guided to the 2010 All-Ireland final where they were narrowly beaten by Tyrone.
Thomas Clancy, Damien Cahalane, John O’Rourke and Brian Hurley all graduated from that minor side to start for the county senior outfit this summer.
Cuthbert, who is a principal at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh primary school in Bishopstown, captained Cork as a player to win the 1993 All-Ireland minor football title.
Brian Hurley with Cuthbert after Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland minor semi-final win
Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Meanwhile it was also announced tonight that Cork are to support the latest Allianz Hurling League proposals which were unveiled at a Central Council meeting last Saturday.
The new Cork U21 hurling manager was also named tonight with Pat Kenneally appointed to the position.
Newcestown clubman Kenneally is the county’s former minor boss with 1999 Cork All-Ireland winner Alan Browne (Blackrock) set to be one of his selectors.
The other selectors are John Hodgins (St Finbarr’s), Damien Irwin (Killeagh) and Ger O’Halloran (Ballinhassig).