John Meyler has decided not to go forward to extend his time as Cork senior hurling manager.
The All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kilkenny less than a fortnight ago meant that Meyler, 67, had completed his two-year term at the helm.
Cork lost out at the All-Ireland semi-final stage to eventual champions Limerick in 2018, while Kilkenny have progressed to this year’s final after beating the Shannonsiders last Saturday.
There had been speculation on Leeside that an announcement was coming regarding Meyler’s future, and the Cork GAA Executive confirmed his departure in a statement this afternoon.
Kieran Kingston, who was in the hot-seat prior to Meyler, has been linked with a return but Cunningham may also have his supporters among decision-makers.
Asked about his own ambitions to return to the intercounty scene, former three-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper with Cork and four-time All-Star, Ger Cunningham commented: “There’s a lot involved. Intercounty management is a big commitment from all points of view. It would have to be something to be considered if it was there, at the time it was offered.”
Fellow former three-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper with Cork and multiple All-Star winner, Donal Óg Cusack is also thought to be among the early favorites for the top job in Cork hurling, though whether his role in two players’ strikes (when he was a player) will go against him remains to be seen.