Dónal Óg Cusack believes that appointing the right person to the role of Cork GAA High Performance Manager is key to the Rebels' future success.

Cork's hurlers surrendered to Kilkenny in last Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park, meaning they have gone a full decade without winning an All-Ireland title for the first time in GAA history.

Cusack, who was goalkeeper when the Rebels last won the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2005, says that the new appointment will be critical.

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"There are two key roles that are going to be appointed in Cork – a county underage secretary and, more important than that, a high performance manager," he explained on the latest edition of the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"That’s a full-time role and a real opportunity for that person to go in and transform the culture within the organisation.

"It would be aimed at working with all managers, putting in place a consistent approach to skills development, strength and conditioning.

"I remember back in the 2000s when we had a good progressive group and management, that recommendation was made to the board and I think about how far we could be down the road now if things like that were taken on board at the time.

"In the mid 2000s when had the ideal person for it in Seanie McGrath (the coach, not the hurler). He would have been very much that type of individual.

"It’s not a time for looking back; the high performance manager is the most important appointment that Cork are going to make for the next while.

"You’d be coaching the managers, putting in systematic methodologies to ensure high performance, so it’s not like coaching out on the field. It would be the person working on the methodologies towards the likes of skills development."

RTÉ analyst Dónal Óg Cusack

Cusack admitted that losing to the Cats was a serious blow, though he has called on people to give time to manager John Meyler as he decides on his future as boss.

"John is still in place and it would be unfair for me to comment on it," said the three-time All-Ireland winner.

"Afterwards he said he wasn't going to make a decision and a manager is right to take their time because it can be an emotional place after a match.

"A big blow on Sunday, to be honest. I remember straight after the game I met Dónal O’Grady and Tomás Mulcahy in the pressbox and sometimes we mightn’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but we were all equally taken aback by the performance."