Jimmy Barry-Murphy has stepped down from his position as Cork senior hurling manager.

Speculation has been mounting regarding Barry-Murphy’s position since the Rebels’ 2-28 0-22 defeat to Galway in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.

And tonight, the holder of six All-Ireland medals as a player - one football and five hurling - as well as one title as Cork manager in 1999, released a statement confirming his departure.

Barry-Murphy said: “I have given a great deal of thought to Cork hurling since the defeat by Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final, and I now feel that the time is right for me to step down as manager.

“I want to sincerely thank the players, selectors, backroom support team and County Board for all their efforts in the last four years.

"He is a true legend and an iconic figure in Cork GAA, and we thank him most sincerely for all that he has done for our Association in over 40 years" Gerard Lane

“I also want to thank our loyal supporters who always travelled in huge numbers in tough economic times to support us.

“I know that Cork will continue to challenge for major honours in the years ahead. I wish everyone the very best next year and in the years to come."

Commenting on the announcement, County Chairman Gerard Lane said that Jimmy Barry-Murphy's contribution to Cork GAA had been immense.

Lane added: "As a player, Jimmy's achievements go right back to his first All-Ireland title with the Cork Senior footballers in 1973, and he became one of the greatest dual players to ever grace the game. 

“During his initial stint as Cork senior manager, he delivered Cork's first All-Ireland hurling title in nine years, and on his return, he guided the county to an All-Ireland hurling final and to a first Munster title since 2008.

“He is a true legend and an iconic figure in Cork GAA, and we thank him most sincerely for all that he has done for our Association in over 40 years. While we are very sorry to lose him, we have to accept his decision and wish him all the very best in the future."