Davy Fitzgerald has confirmed that he is stepping down from his coaching role with the Cork senior camogie side following the county's narrow defeat to Kilkenny in Sunday's Glen Dimplex All-Ireland senior final.

The Black and Amber edged an exciting decider by the bare minimum at Croke Park, leaving the Munster county to pore over more heartbreak after last year's two-point loss to Galway

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Fitzgerald said that after joining Matthew Twomey's management ticket it always his intention to "give it one year".

He was also full of praise for Cork's efforts throughout the year and the work done by Twomey.

"A hard one to take today. I couldn't say enough about the girls, they were unreal. I enjoyed my time in Cork, it was deadly. I said I would give it one year, Matthew (Twomey) knew the story so I’ll just be moving on.

"We won Munster but we were right there in that game. Fair play to Kilkenny, they took advantage but that’s one we had a chance to win. It was some game. The girls were incredible right up to the end and all you can ask of any team is that they fight on their backs for you and them girls couldn’t have done anymore.

"I was in Cork over 80 times, we trained around 90 times. I have to say being a coach is different to being a manager and fair play to Matthew Twomey, he did an unbelievable job.

"It wasn’t easy all the time. He had one or two lads giving him a bit of jib when they shouldn’t have been giving him a bit of jib because he doesn’t deserve it, but he stuck to his guns. He’s a strong man and I wish him and the girls all the best. I will never forget the year."

Of course, speculation will now intensify as to Fitzgerald's next port of call in the managerial merry-go-round. Over a week ago there were rumours that the 2013 All-Ireland SHC winning boss was in the frame for the vacant Offaly job, but it would seem that no contact was made with Faithful chairperson Michael Duignan.

Prior to that, Clare FM were reporting that Fitzgerald was set for a return to club hurling management and link up with joint Clare camogie manager Conor Dolan to take charge of O’Callaghan’s Mills.