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Cork selector to take over as coach of county senior hurling squad for 2017

Sarsfields’ Pat Ryan is to fill the position.

CORK HAVE TURNED to Pat Ryan to become the coach of the county’s senior hurling team for 2017.

Pat Ryan Pat Ryan pictured at the 2015 Cork senior hurling final Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Ryan, a selector in 2016, is to take up the new position after the departure of Frank Flannery, the Oulart-the-Ballagh Leinster club winning boss in 2015, as coach recently.

Manager Kieran Kingston confirmed the news of the change to his backroom team when speaking today to the Evening Echo newspaper.

A former Cork senior hurler, Ryan enjoyed major managerial success with his club Sarsfields in steering them to county senior hurling finals wins in 2012 and 2014.

He is also set to remain as a selector alongside Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Pat Hartnett with Kingston at the helm.

Kieran Kingston and Diarmuid O'Sullivan Cork manager Kieran Kingston and selector Diarmuid O'Sullivan Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

Cork endured a disappointing season in Kington’s first in charge in 2016. They narrowly avoided league relegation after losing all five regulation games by managing to win a playoff against Galway.

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Subsequently they bowed out of the Munster championship at the quarter-final stage in May at the hands of Tipperary.

In early July, they rebounded with an opening qualifier win over Dublin by 1-26 to 1-23 in Páirc Uí Rinn but were knocked out of the All-Ireland series a week later by Wexford, who claimed a 0-23 to 1-17 victory.

Conor McDonald celebrates Conor McDonald celebrates after Wexford's All-Ireland qualifier win over Cork. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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