CORK All-Ireland winning dual star Teddy McCarthy has been appointed as team manager of the Newcastle West hurlers and footballers.
McCarthy is to manage the club’s senior footballers and intermediate hurlers in a novel approach.
The Cork man took his first session this Tuesday night and already more pre-season training is planned for next weekend.
His back room set-up for both teams is to be finalised in the coming week.
McCarthy will hope to help the magpies over the winning line in the county senior football championship after successive county final defeats to Monaleen and Dromcollogher-Broadford.
Boosting their football resources will be the 2012 county premier U-21 football winning side.
Their hurling side failed to advance beyond the group stages last season.
McCarthy replaces Mike Quilligan at the helm of the footballers.
The Cork man will be hoping to be the first ‘outside’ manager to lead Newcastle West into a championship campaign.
His appointment in Newcastle West comes months after he departed after an unsuccessful one year spell as Laois senior hurling manager.
At club level, he has enjoyed success with Bandon - guiding them to the Cork IHC in 2011.
Last year he then guided them to the final of the premier IHC but they suffered a final loss. He was also in charge of the Laois hurlers last year.
McCarthy is a former Cork senior hurling selector and remains a strong advocate of the dual player - speaking out against the demise of the dual player at inter-county level when Eoin Cadogan departed the Cork hurlers.