TWO former Dromcollogher-Broadford county championship winning managers will be leading the race to dethrone the Limerick SFC champions in 2013.
While the champions remain with their successful 2012 winning management team, both former managers Moss McCarthy and John Brudair have accepted roles with other clubs.
McCarthy has taken over in Ballysteen, while Brudair has joined up with St Patricks.
Elsewhere, Monaleen have appointed Ger Lawlor as manager/coach of their senior football team for a third time.
The Cratloe based Laois native has led the city side to four Limerick SFC finals in his two previous spells as Monaleen manager. His first spell saw Lawlor led the Castletroy based club to the 2002 and 2005 titles.
After a break, he returned to annex the 2010 and 2011 titles. He departed to assume the reigns with Clare kingpins Kilmurry Ibrickane, but ill-health forced him out of that position after only a couple of weeks.
One side not changing is Dromcollogher-Broadford. The champions continue with Mike Fahy as manager and Listowel’s Jerome Stack as coach.
Beaten finalists in the past two seasons; Newcastle West are among four clubs yet to finalise their backroom teams. Mike Quilligan hasn’t ruled out returning but nothing has been rubber-stamped for the magpies.
Likewise with St Kierans, Adare.
Clubs keeping the status quo are Ballylanders, Galbally and Pallasgreen.
After relegation in 2011, Pallasgreen bounced straight back with an intermediate championship win. Therefore it is no surprise that Mick Lawton, James McMahon, Tom Ryan, Tony Gammell and Tony McMahon remain in charge.
Ballylanders continue with Mike Fox as manager and Andrew Lacey as coach, while Galbally still have Damien O’Connell as manager and James Donovan as coach.
Fr Caseys now have Dave Keating as manager in place of Tom Fitzgerald. Humphrey Doody is to continue as coach.
In St Patrick’s Kieran Dore returns as manager after a year’s absence. He has added John Brudair as coach. Brudair guided his native Drom-Broadford to a county and Munster title. He also coached the Charleville junior hurlers to a Munster title.
Mountcollins have appointed Corkman Sean Culloty as their new manager/coach.
Meanwhile of note in the Limerick IFC, St Senans have added former Limerick senior football goalkeeper Seamus O’Donnell as their trainer.