Two-year term for Allen

JOHN Allen will get a two-year term as Limerick’s new senior hurling manager, according to county secretary Mike O’Riordan.

JOHN Allen will get a two-year term as Limerick’s new senior hurling manager, according to county secretary Mike O’Riordan.

Allen’s name was recommended by the independent three-man committee on Tuesday night and it’s just expected to be a formality that he’ll be officially ratified at next week’s county board meeting.. Unlike Donal O’Grady last year, however, Allen will be appointed for a two-year term.

“We’re delighted to get a high-calibre manager in this quickly,” said O’Riordan.

“It’s hard to get a good manager so to get a recent All Ireland winning manager of his quality is brilliant. He just has to finalise his backroom team now and he’s being given a two-year term.”

“We’re hoping that that will be in place for next Tuesday’s October meeting of the county board but if it isn’t we’ll have to convene a special meeting as the October meeting is our last of the year.”

It’s believed that Ciaran Carey and TJ Ryan were informed early this week that they hadn’t been successful in their bid to take over from Donal O’Grady. It means that Allen will be Limerick’s third outside (and Cork-based manager) in as many years.