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Sunday 8 December 2019

Cusack is keen on Rebel role

Cusack (left) spent two years as a coach with Clare. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cusack (left) spent two years as a coach with Clare. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Donal Óg Cusack has confirmed his interest in the vacant Cork hurling hotseat - but claimed it is not the most important role that needs to be filled on Leeside.

Cork chiefs are on the lookout for a new manager after Wednesday's announcement that John Meyler, having completed his initial two-year term, would not be seeking another.

"Of course I'd be interested," Cusack told the RTÉ GAA Podcast yesterday. "I played for Cork since I was Under-14 and at every level since."

But the retired Rebel 'keeper, former Clare coach and now Sunday Game pundit clarified that it would have to be right for him and for Cork GAA.

"Is it the right time? What are Cork looking for? Is it one year, two year, three year? Does the manager bring in his own people?" asked Cusack.

Biggest

"I've said it before - the biggest appointment that Cork are going to make over the next while is that high performance person," he added, referencing the full-time high performance manager who will work with all Cork coaches and management teams.

Cusack praised the departing Meyler for winning a "fierce Munster championship" last year and coming "within a whisker" of the All-Ireland final.

On the flip side, he added: "People will have felt that the team didn't progress this year and it would be hard to argue with that based on results."

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