Dónal Óg Cusack says he is interested in becoming the next Cork hurling manager.
It was announced on Wednesday that John Meyler wouldn't be seeking reappointment after his two-year term came to an end with All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kilkenny.
Cusack has been linked with the vacant post and speaking on the latest episode of The RTÉ GAA Podcast, he said under the right circumstances he would love to manage the Rebels.
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"Of course I’d be interested," he said. "I played for Cork since I was Under-14 and at every level since."
But he said that it would have to be right for him and for Cork GAA and he stressed that the most important appointment in the county would be their new high performance manager, a full-time employee who will work with all Cork coaches and management teams.
"Is it the right time? What are Cork looking for? Is it one year, two year, three year? Does the manager bring in his own people?" asked Cusack.
"I’ve said it before; the biggest appointment that Cork are going to make over the next while is that high performance person."
Former All-Star Cusack won senior All-Ireland titles in 1999, 2004 and '05, though he fell out with the county board due to his role in a series of player strikes.
Most of the individuals involved on the administrative side are gone now, which makes his appointment less unlikely. He worked for two years as coach with Clare hurlers.
Cusack praised outgoing manager Meyler, though he said that the time was right for him to move on.
"You’d have to say Cork won a fierce Munster championship last year and they had won it the year previous so retaining it was a challenge," he explained.
"They were one of two teams that got out of Munster both years (along with Limerick) of this new system and much has been said about last year’s All-Ireland semi-final so it is a fact that John was within a whisker of getting to the final.
"I think in general that people will have felt that the team didn’t progress this year and it would be hard to argue with that based on results. He has done well over the last couple of years, he was also part of a lot of underage management teams."
Cusack is just one of the names that has been linked to the vacant post. Others include former Cork selector and ex Dublin manager Ger Cunningham, and Meyler’s predecessor Kieran Kingston