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McCarthy playing down any rifts in Cork hurling camp

By John Campbell

Under fire Cork hurling boss Gerald McCarthy has admitted that he does not "harbour any grudges" against the players that have condemned his re-appointment as manager of the Rebel County.

"It’s a very busy time at the moment and I am doing a bit of fire-fighting, I suppose you could call it. But I am moving ahead with finalising my backroom team.

"I would hope to be in a position this week to have it finalised and I will be announcing it then," said a defiant McCarthy.

The Rebels manager has also admitted that he would welcome back any player wanting to return to the Cork setup, despite the recent remarks of disapproval made over his re-appointment from some of the players.

"I certainly don’t harbour any grudges against anybody at this stage who said anything about me or my abilities as a coach. I’ve explained this to players.

"I would never ever hold a grudge against anybody who would have said something about me.

“If a player puts on a red jersey and I’m the coach, I will give him 100 per cent to make him a better player and to make the team a better team."

Meanwhile, eight candidates are currently in the frame for the vacant post of manager of the Galway hurling team.

Two of the Tribesmen’s ex-managers in Mattie Murphy and Noel Lane have been narrowed down as candidates, as too has John McIntyre, a five-time All Star winner with Tipperary, who has aligned himself with Michael Bond, Steve Mahon and Martin Coleman as part of his management team.

County hurling development officer Gerry Spellman also comes into the frame, as too does ex-Portumna manager Jimmy Heverin, All-Ireland winner Anthony Cunningham and Under 21 boss Vincent Mullins.

Due to the number of nominations, it is believed that a couple of weeks could pass before a choice is made of the man who will lead Galway’s hurlers into the 2009 season. '

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