Wexford native John Meyler has been confirmed as the new manager of the Cork senior hurling team, taking over from Kieran Kingston with whom he served as a selector.
A member of the St Finbarr’s GAA Club in Cork – with whom he was a dual player and won an All-Ireland club football title – Meyler started his inter-county career playing minor hurling with Wexford and subsequently won Munster and All-Ireland senior medals with the Cork hurlers in 1986, having come to UCC in the meantime to study.
Father of Hull City and Republic of Ireland soccer international, David, John Meyler has had previous inter-county hurling management experience with Wexford, Carlow and Kerry, coaching the latter to a Christy Ring Cup victory in 2011.
This year, he coached the Cork U21 hurling team and acted as a selector for the Cork senior hurlers as they won the Munster title and went on to contest an All-Ireland semi-final. Next year, he will be looking to take them further.
In a statement this afternoon, Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane stressed the importance of maintaining continuity following Kieran Kingston’s decision to step down: ‘Our senior hurlers had a very successful season in 2017 and maintaining continuity and building on that good work is vital,’ he said.
‘John Meyler brings a wealth of experience to the role, has extensive knowledge of all the young players coming through, and has been part of the outgoing management team. John will now work on appointing his backroom team. We wish him every success in the role.’
Meanwhile, Denis Ring (Fermoy) has been appointed U21 coach for a two-year term, following on from his success this year in guiding the Cork minor hurlers to a first Munster title since 2008 and also reaching the All-Ireland Final. All-Ireland U17 winning coach John Considine (Sarsfields) will take on the role of Minor coach for the next two years.
Backroom teams will be announced when finalised.