Kieran Kingston is set to return as Cork senior hurling manager after being recommended by the Cork county board executive, with Donal Óg Cusack primed to take the minor manager's job. 

Kingston's return to the senior role is no surprise and has been widely touted since John Meyler stepped down following Cork's quarter-final exit against Kilkenny. 

The Tracton clubman will take over on a three year term, with Diarmuid O'Sullivan and former Dublin manager Ger Cunningham joining his backroom team. 

It will be Kingston's second stint as Cork boss, having managed the Rebels during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. 

He endured a difficult first year in charge, with Cork suffering a heavy defeat to Tipperary in Munster before departing the championship in early July after a loss to Liam Dunne's Wexford. 

Cork, however, enjoyed an unexpected renaissance under Kingston's stewardship in 2017, winning the Munster championship but ultimately losing to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final. 

Kingston was offered a two year extension at the time but surprised many by opting not to take it up, citing work and family commitments. 

Donal Óg Cusack has been appointed Cork minor manager

Cusack will take on the role of minor manager, a grade at which Cork have not won an All-Ireland since 2001. 

The three-time All-Ireland winning goalkeeper was a member of Clare's coaching set-up during 2016 and 2017 and has worked as a pundit on The Sunday Game in recent years.

Cusack enjoyed a highly decorated playing career with Cork between 1998 and 2012 during which he had an often fractious relationship with the then county board.

The Cloyne man will be at the head of a high profile management team including his former All-Ireland winning teammates Sean Óg Ó hAilpin and Tom Kenny. 

They have been appointed on a one-year term.

Pat Ryan, meanwhile, was handed the Cork U20 manager role, the Sarsfields man having served on Kieran Kingston's backroom team during the latter's first spell. 

Ryan, who won an All-Ireland medal in 1999 as a substitute, was widely tipped to take over as Waterford manager last year before the job ultimately went to Paraic Fanning.  

Commenting on the announcement, County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy said "I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appointments process, and honoured to be putting these names before County Board on Tuesday night.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those who have agreed to serve as managers, coaches and selectors, and I truly believe that we now have a structure in place which will ensure that we can always secure the best people to lead Cork teams, on a clear pathway for both coaches and players from underage all the way through to Senior."