And so Cork hurling has finally put management teams in place for 2020. Kieran Kingston is back in charge of the senior side, having previously been at the helm in 2016 and '17.

Ger Cunningham and Diarmuid O'Sullivan are also on the ticket.

Pat Ryan, a coach during Kingston's first term in charge, takes over from Denis Ring as the U20 coach.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy was expected to make his inter-county return as manager of the Cork minors, but issues surrounding his backroom team and the length of term JBM wanted proved to be a stumbling block.

And so the Cork board turned to Donal Óg Cusack, who previously had a spell as coach to Clare senior hurlers, as the man to lead the U17s on a one-year basis next season.

He will be assisted by Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Tom Kenny, with further selectors to be appointed.

Cusack's appointment, will for some in Cork, evoke memories of the player strikes of 2002 and 2007/08 and the prominent role the Cloyne native played back then.

As quoted in today's Irish Examiner, "The war is officially over", was the response of one respected Cork official following the proposed appointments.

"Donal Óg will be meticulous in his preparation in everything, so they'll be no stone left unturned"

Former Tipperary star Shane McGrath and now RTÉ analyst believes Cusack's appointment will benefit Cork hurling. McGrath, who is now part of the Tipp minor set-up, told Morning Ireland: "Donal Óg Cusack made no secret of the fact that he would like to get back involved, so I'm not surprised.

"When the senior job didn't come up, he would have seen this as a great opportunity.

"He has great guys working alongside him in Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Tom Kenny.

"Speaking to their mums and dads, these minors will know what these guys have done for Cork.

Before any ball is pucked, any drills are done, these lads will respect the Cork management team.

"Donal Óg will be meticulous in his preparation in everything, so they'll be no stone left unturned.

"It's great for Cork but it's worrying for the rest of us.

"You might see few extra thousand people watching the Cork minors next year."