Cork under 20 boss Denis Ring expects Kieran Kingston to return as manager of the county's senior hurlers, two years after walking away from the role.

Kingston led Cork to the Munster title in his second season in charge in 2017 but surprisingly resigned after an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Waterford, citing work commitments.

Since successor John Meyler stepped down last month after his own two-year stint, speculation has grown that Kingston could be in the frame for a sensational return to the hotseat.

Ring, whose Cork U20 side face Tipperary in Saturday's All-Ireland final, dismissed his own prospects for the position and backed Kingston to be a success if his comeback is confirmed.

"I expect Kieran Kingston will be the manager coming back," Ring told GAA.ie

"I know Kieran has unfinished business with Cork.

"He probably left prematurely, I know he had established a lot of good practices and good systems, put things in place, good people in place. I know it would be positive from that perspective coming back.

"I think if it is Kieran, he will be inheriting a panel next year that is vastly superior to the panel he inherited four years ago. It is an exciting time from a Cork perspective."