Horan set to stay on as Limerick boss

LIMERICK senior football manager Maurice Horan is likely to stay in charge for another year after he allowed his name to go forward for nomination.

LIMERICK senior football manager Maurice Horan is likely to stay in charge for another year after he allowed his name to go forward for nomination.

Horan’s two-year term ended when Limerick were beaten by Kildare in the All Ireland Qualifiers but the Mayoman has expressed an interest in returning again next year.

Nominations for the position will close next Wednesday, after which Horan is expected to be ratified by a full county board meeting.

Horan admitted that it took a while to get over the loss to Kildare but, once he did he could see that there’s still considerable potential in this Limerick team.

“My two-year term was always going to be up at the end of this year’s championship,” he said.

“But when you’re in the middle of the qualifiers, all you’re really thinking about is this year. And then when you lose a game like the Kildare one, you find that all your thoughts are on that match and you find it impossible to escape from it.

“I definitely had to think about it in the cold light of day but I think there’s great potential in this team. There has been a lot of turnover over the last couple of years and while I won’t say it’s seamless, we have managed to bring through a lot of young guys.”

Horan pointed out that Limerick have won five championship games over the last two years but they are keen to make progress in the league after failing to escape from Division 4 last season. We had a lot of injuries in last year’s league but we definitely want to get out of Division 4 and up as high as we can.

“Getting out of Division 4 is a priority and I think we’ve a good enough panel to do that.

“Our players will improve the more they play against the better teams. We’ve brought a lot of young guys in over the last two years and we’ll be looking to keep all of them.

“There’s no talk of retirements either and I wouldn’t expect there to be. I think we’ll have a full panel next year.

“We’ve also been trying to have someone at all the club games over the last couple of weeks and there’s five or six lads out there we’d like to bring in.”

Horan confirmed that John Galvin is aiming for a return in the early stages of the league after missing the last two championship campaigns, while Stephen Lavin, who left the panel after the Munster championship loss to Clare, is also committed to returning next season.