10 Reasons JBM Should Stay On
Our forum is rife with speculation about whether Jimmy Barry-Murphy will stay on as Cork hurling manager for another year. Here are our top ten reasons he should stay:
1. JBM never gave up as a player in both codes or as a hurling manager without winning an All-Ireland. If he gives up now it will be a blow to the county’s mindset that the show is back on the road.
2. JBM’s magnanimous post-All Ireland final interviews made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It is an honour for our county to be represented by such a gentleman while others sink to soccer style ‘it-woz-the-ref-wot-done-it’ post-match rants. Brian Cody’s recent tirade against referee Barry Kelly after Cody had won the All-Ireland elevates JBM, as a man and a manager, even further.
3. JBM stayed neutral during the strikes and has brought unity to Cork hurling. We could really do without another controversial appointment and a plethora of players “retiring”.
4. He can spot a superstar hurler even if he plays for a junior club like Munster final man of the match Seamus Harnedy from St. Ita’s.
5. The ladies love him – he’s the most handsome bainisteoir in the game (to be fair the competition isn’t stiff: Little Davy Fitz, snarly Brian Cody and Anthony ‘Eyebrows’ Daly to name a few) which is always good for bums on seats.
6. Progress over the last three years has been phenomenal with lots of new exciting players. Losing momentum now would be a real setback.
7. We’re back in Division 1 next spring. Lots of exciting games against top teams to look forward to.
|So so close. Ref should have ended the game when Clare's goalkeeper pucks out the ball after Stephen Moylan's sideline cut.|
8. Greyhounds cannot possibly give JBM as much joy as hurling. No pooper scooper required here (unless you’re the opposition facing a Nash penalty of course).
9. After the Munster Final it was clear that the players have huge respect for JBM. We haven’t had this “buy in” for a long time so let’s capitalise on it.
10. In 2003 we won Munster and the following year we went on to win the All-Ireland by the back door. In 2014 we won Munster therefore in 2015…
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