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Cusack Interested In Cork Job, Addresses Sunday Game Reaction

Cusack Interested In Cork Job, Addresses Sunday Game Reaction
By Balls Team Updated

Donal Óg Cusack says that he would be interested in succeeding John Meyler as manager of the Cork hurlers.

"Let's face it there's about 15 names [for the role]," said Cusack on RTÉ's GAA podcast.

"Would I be interested in managing Cork some day? Of course I would.

"I played for Cork since I was under-14 and every level since. Whether it's the right time, what's the process, what are Cork looking for, is it one-year, two-year, three-year, does the manager bring in his own people, what role does that new high performance director [play].

"I said this last week, the biggest decision Cork have to make and the biggest appointment that's going to be made is that high performance person."

The Corkman also addressed the reaction to his recent comments on The Sunday Game where he asserted the mentality which rails against innovations in hurling - such as the use of a sweeper system - is "part of last remnants of British culture on these islands". That section of analysis from the weekend drew criticism from former inter-county players including Brian Hogan, Ken McGrath, David Herity and Niall Gilligan.

"Most of it was based around Twitter and, genuinely, I haven't read it," said Cusack.


In fact, would you believe this, right, most of the texts and messages that I got since then were very complimentary about the show and the so-called controversial bits. I have a fair bit of experience of social media over the years and I just avoid it in situations like that. I wouldn't have the time anyway. Fellas who are spending a lot of time on it, they must have better jobs than I do.

In many ways, Twitter has replaced the writing on the back of a toilet door that you would have seen when you were a kid. You need to be very careful in terms of how you react or allow that be a barometer. At one stage, the peak viewing the other night was in and around 250,000 people. How many people are on Twitter?

"That type of herd mentality is one I'm not interested in at all," said Cusack.


"Even amongst the pundits, I would have to say that I almost got a sense of when I came into RTÉ that there was a bit of an old boys club feeling to it.

"It was a bit like joining a political part in the old days where you'd come into the Dáil bar and you vote with us, talk like us and once you conform everything will be fine.

"It's amusing to think that even amongst the pundits in RTÉ that they'd be that kind of indulgent and egotistical and probably writing columns about a couple of points that were made on the show.


"If it makes people feel better about themselves and they get a few more likes on their Twitter and it fills a couple of columns, I'm happy for them."

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