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McCarthy leaves | Keane talks | Molumphy to Kerry

Ronan McCarthy has departed as manager of the Cork senior footballers after four years in charge — as other counties eye change

Ronan McCarthy has departed as manager of the Cork senior footballers after four years in charge.

The Douglas man, who took over the mantle for 2018, had a year left on his deal and was hoping to get an extra two years added to his term.

However, it is understood that negotiations broke down, and a decision to reject that proposal up to 2024 was confirmed last night by the Cork executive.

The high watermark of McCarthy’s reign was the 2020 Munster semi-final win over Kerry, but that term ended in disappointment after being beaten by Tipperary.

His final game in charge was a humiliating 4-22 to 1-9 defeat to Kerry in this year’s Munster championship in Killarney.

Selector Bobbie O’Dwyer is the early favourite to the over the role.

Peter Keane is set to have talks with the Kerry board about staying on for a fourth season in charge.

Keane has failed to win the Sam Maguire in his three seasons in charge, and faces an uphill task to convince the executive that he should stay on.

Jack O’Connor, who managed the team to three All-Ireland titles across two previous stints, has emerged as a candidate after last week speaking on the Examiner podcast about the lure of the job — just days before stepping down as Kildare manager.

Tom Cribbin, who was part of O’Connor’s ticket with the Lilies, is tipped to take over the role.

Meanwhile, in hurling, Kerry are set to appoint 2007 All Star Stephen Molumphy as manager of their hurling team.

The Ballyduff Upper man has worked with both Waterford and Wexford in recent times, and will bring Pat Bennett and Shane Briggs into his management team.

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