LIMERICK FC are hopeful of having former Hull City manager Phil Brown in place as their new boss by the end of the week.
Brown is believed to be the club’s preferred choice and officials are trying to hammer out a deal after meeting with him last week.
Brown, who guided Hull to the Premiership in 2007, comes with a glowing reference from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who started his coaching career with Limerick. Brown was Allardyce’s assistant at Bolton and Blackpool.
Having left his last job at Preston, he has struggled to find a new club and recently rejected the chance to manage Hartlepool as he could not bring in his own backroom staff.
It is understood that if the Brown deal falls through that former St Pat’s manager Johnny McDonnell is the club’s next choice. McDonnell is highly thought of and worked with Brian Kerr in the Faroe Islands.
Limerick have been linked with a number of big names since sacking Pat Scully last month. Roddy Collins was the first to declare his interest but Kerr, Kenny Cunningham, Jason McAteer, Peter Taylor and Les Ferdinand were also on the shortlist.
Limerick secured their promotion back to the Airtricity Premier Division in October but Scully was let go as manager a couple of weeks later. The appointment of a new manager has dominated the local sports scene in recent weeks along with the news that the club are set to play their games in Thomond Park next season.
With the Markets Field not expected to be ready in time and Jackman Park not suitable for Premier League games, the club have explored the opportunity of setting up base in the home of Munster rugby.
There is an overlap in the two seasons but that issue isn’t insurmountable.