Lacey departs Limerick senior footballers

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

THE Limerick senior footballers are on the lookout for a new coach with confirmation that Brian Lacey has departed the management team.

THE Limerick senior footballers are on the lookout for a new coach with confirmation that Brian Lacey has departed the management team.

Kildare’s 1998 All-Star corner back departs Maurice Horan’s Limerick after just one year on Shannonside.

This time last season Lacey joined the Limerick back room team when Nemo Rangers man Eiphe Fitzgerald left to take over as manager of the Cork minor footballers.

Now Maurice Horan faces into a third winter searching for another coach.

Just last week Horan was reappointed for another two seasons as Limerick senior football manager.

Last week Horan and his selector Joe Lee began preparations for 2013 when all players were given their individualised gym programmes for the coming months.

Trainer Andrew O’Neill is to oversee this core strength and conditioning work for the next two months and therefore the search for a replacement for Lacey is not an urgent task.

This Thursday, it was confirmed that Lacey had written to Limerick GAA officials to confirm his departure from the inter-county set-up.

It is understood that Lacey cited work and travel commitments as the reason for his departure.

Limerick manager Maurice Horan confirmed the departure.

“I am very grateful for what he brought to the table. He brought great energy and enthusiasm to the set-up, said Horan.

“Based on his own playing career he brought great self belief. He was a player that achieved a lot and he brought that across to the players.”

Horan now begins his search for a new trainer.

Former Limerick hurling trainer and this season’s Mayo football coach, Cian O’Neill was only this week confirmed as Kerry senior football coach-selector for 2013 with Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Former Limerick coach Donie Buckley will be the first name that will come to the minds of most on Shannonside. Buckley was a highly rated member of Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s Limerick management.

Last week Buckley was unveiled as the new Director of Coaching for Limerick underage football.

However, a return to the Limerick senior set-up appears unlikely with Buckley linked with a possible role within the back room team of James Horan’s Mayo.