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Friday 15 December 2017

Counihan to say if he'll stay 'in next week or two'

CONOR Counihan will inform the Cork county board within the next two weeks whether he will continue as manager for 2011.

The Aghada man has yet to commit for next season following last month's All-Ireland win and speculation on Leeside has suggested that he may follow Liam Sheedy's lead by quitting at the top.

"Really I don't want to drag it out too much," said Counihan. "In the next week or two certainly, I'd be making a decision. I'd be anxious for everyone's sake and that the thing moves on. Whatever way it goes, the quicker that happens the better."

Counihan reiterated Sheedy's comments over the level of commitment and sacrifice required to do the job successfully and paid tribute to his backroom staff accordingly.

"I think people know well now at this stage there is an awful lot of commitment in it," he said.

"If you're to do it anyway successfully, you certainly have to delegate responsibility. In my own case, I was very fortunate to have a very dedicated backroom team.

"Everyone was there with a purpose, there was no one there just for the sake of being there. That's essential.

"But even with that it's quite testing as everyone involved is working and that has to be where our first commitment is. If we don't do that, we fail to provide in terms of the simple things for family.

"But it is a delicate balancing act. You need very supportive people in the family setup and to date we've been fortunate in that," added Counihan. "It's a big task, but still it's been very enjoyable too."

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