CONOR COUNIHAN is to be invited to remain on as manager of the Cork senior football team, should he so wish.
At last night’s county board meeting in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, chairman Bob Ryan put it to delegates that Counihan had some great achievements in the role and should be entitled to stay for a two-year term.
“In view of great success Conor Counihan has brought to this county over the past number of years,” Ryan said, “winning an All-Ireland, three Munster titles and four NFLs , I feel this board, at the very least, should
invite him to consider his position and let us know what he feels.
“I would suggest we invite him on the same basis — manager with the right to pick his own selectors.”
Glen Rovers delegate Finbarr
McCarthy then proposed that the county board’s executive should be empowered to appoint Counihan
between meetings, as the next meeting is not until October 16 and the process should not be held up.
In addition, Paul McCarthy has been re-appointed Cork junior football boss manager, with the same selection team as this year of Danny Culloty, Seán Bowens, Michael Lyons and Tim O’Sullivan.
Reporting from the Munster
Council, delegate Jerry O’Sullivan
informed the meeting that any moves to return to a seeded draw in senior football would require a notice of
motion for a full meeting, and there was not time for this to take place
before the 2013 draw, which is
tomorrow night. St Mary’s delegate John Corcoran made a formal proposal that the seeded draw should return for 2014, and this motion was carried.
Also, Bob Ryan requested that O’Sullivan make the point to council that the scheduling of Cork’s games in minor and U21 hurling was unacceptable this year. O’Sullivan was also nominated as the Cork candidate for the position of Munster vice-chairman.
Prior to the order of business, a suspension of standing orders was proposed so that a vote of sympathy could be passed for Paul O’Connor, the former Na Piarsaigh and Cork hurler and UCC coach, who died recently.
Many warm tributes were paid, with Bob Ryan saying that his achievements – including 10 Fitzgibbon Cups, five as a player and five as a coach – had been up in lights in Croke Park last Sunday, and that his potential had not been realised. Votes of sympathy were also passed for Michael Green, John Forrest Pádraig Ó Tuama and Mary Carmel O’Dywer, wife of Mick O’Dwyer.
Two more years for Conor Counihan