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Cork manager to stay on in bid to complete All-Ireland three-in-a-row

Paudie Murray is remaining in charge.

Paudie Murray celebrating Cork's victory in last September's All-Ireland final.
Paudie Murray celebrating Cork's victory in last September's All-Ireland final.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

CORK MANAGER PAUDIE Murray is to stay in charge for the 2016 season and plot his team’s attempt to complete an All-Ireland senior camogie three-in-a-row.

Murray guided Cork to All-Ireland final victories against Kilkenny in 2014 and against Galway last September.

There had been no public confirmation about Murray’s plans for the 2016 season but last night it emerged that he will stay on with Cork set to commence their National league campaign next month.

“I’ve made up my mind really and I’m looking forward to getting going,” Murray told The Big Red Bench on Cork’s Red FM last night.

Murray admitted the prospect of completing three-in-a-row was a lure to remain in the position.

“It’s certainly there, it’s certainly exciting. It’s probably going to be the toughest year I have had in the last four.

“It’s something the Cork team have probably tried to do in the last 40 years and haven’t succeeded. It’s not going to be easy.”

Ashling Thompson lifts the O'Duffy cup Ashling Thompson lifts the O'Duffy Cup after Cork's win over Galway last September. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Murray has made changes to his backroom team with Adam McCarthy coming in as strength and conditioning coach, and Jamie Harrington the new hurling coach. Kevin Mulcahy and Sean Cremin will not be involved this season.

“I just think it was important to freshen it up with new ideas and new voices in training,” said Murray.

“We’ll certainly need it this year. I’m in the process of trying to bring in four or five new players. With the intermediates last year as well, I think we had about 50, 51 players altogether.

“There might be a few dropping out of that but for the league it’s just a case of seeing is there any new players out there and finalising the panel after that.”

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