Cork hurling manager Tom Cashman has stood down following yesterday's dramatic one point defeat to Limerick in the first round of the Munster Championship. Cork surrendered their Munster title in a thrilling contest in Pairc Ui Chaoimh by a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-15. Cork were stunned by the defeat as most observers had expected them to overcome the Limerick challenge.

And no one was more stunned than Cashman himself. "It's an understatement to say we're disappointed. We didn't perform particularly well in the first half; we conceded too many easy scores. However, in the second half we showed some spirit. I thought we would have won the game having come back so well. But Limerick, to their credit, got the vital score," he said.

Cashman, who captained Cork to All Ireland victory in 1986, has been involved in the backroom staff for nine years and was selector to Jimmy Barry Murphy when the rebels lifted the McCarthy cup in 1999. Current selector Bertie Óg Murphy is hot favourite to fill the manager's role, but former star Justin McCarthy is a widely respected coach and could also get the job.

Filed by Pat Nugent