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Will Jimmy Barry-Murphy stay on as Cork hurling boss next year?

The Cork manager took on a two-year extension last year.

A dejected Jimmy Barry-Murphy during yesterday's game.
A dejected Jimmy Barry-Murphy during yesterday's game.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

CORK EXITED THE 2015 hurling race yesterday after suffering a heavy defeat against Galway and the spotlight now falls on the future of manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

The Cork boss has another year left to run on the two-year extension that he was handed last year. Barry-Murphy began his second spell as Rebels boss at the outset of the 2012 season.

The issue of Barry-Murphy’s future plans came up in yesterday’s post-match press conference.

“I can’t wait for next year, work it out ye’re selves,” replied Barry-Murphy.

“I believe there’s a great future for the Cork players. I’ll leave it at what I said there now.”

Barry-Murphy was queried as to whether Cork should have changed their tactics yesterday.

We were accused earlier in the year of having no tactics, then we tried a different system of defensive play.

“Every game you play you try to assess what’s good for the team and the panel of players available to you. As I said, the lads have given us everything over the last four years.

“We’ve been competing at the highest level but just fallen short.”

Anthony Cunningham and Jimmy-Barry Murphy shake hands after the game Anthony Cunningham shakes hands with Jimmy Barry-Murphy after the game. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The Cork manager had no qualms about accepting Galway were superior.

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“In fairness to the players, they tried their hearts out there but we just weren’t good enough. We were comprehensively outplayed all over the field.

“You just feel that we made a bit of a fight in the second half for a period, but it was a lost cause at times.

“We played Clare here and won a great game. Clare are a very good team, but today we just fell short of the standard we’d like to set, and Galway were comprehensively better than us all over the field.”

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