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Cork hurling selector steps down with no decision yet made on manager Kingston's future

Midleton native Pat Hartnett has departed.

THERE WILL DEFINITELY be one change to the Cork senior hurling management for 2018 with selector Pat Hartnett having stepped down as uncertainty continues over the future of manager Kieran Kingston.

Pat Hartnett Cork hurling selector Pat Hartnett has departed his role. Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

The Evening Echo has reported this morning that the Midleton native, and former Cork All-Ireland winner as a player, has departed after being selector for the last two years.

Hartnett had worked alongside manager Kieran Kingston since the outset of the 2016 season and after a disappointing opening campaign, Cork improved greatly this year as they won the Munster title in July before losing out to Waterford at the All-Ireland semi-final stage.

Work commitments were cited as one of the reasons for Hartnett’s departure.

“It goes without saying that everybody is very sorry to see Pat go,” remarked Kingston.

inpho_01030062 Kieran Kingston with Cork selectors Pat Hartnett and Diarmuid O'Sullivan. Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

“However, I can fully understand his decision, he’s has a very successful dental practice and that is very time-consuming.

“He did a fantastic job in his role for us and the players hugely admired and responded to his input.”

Kingston has yet to decide whether to commit again for 2018 after overseeing a major improvement in Cork’s fortunes this year with several young players making a major impact.

The Tracton native was previously involved under Jimmy Barry-Murphy between 2012 and 2014, before being manager for the past two seasons.

It is expected that a decision will be made shortly by the Cork manager.

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