Horan to take time to decide on future

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick senior football manager Maurice Horan is to take some time to decide if he wishes to remain in the hotseat.

Limerick senior football manager Maurice Horan is to take some time to decide if he wishes to remain in the hotseat.

Horan’s two year term in charge ended with the heart breaking All-Ireland Qualifier defeat to Kildare last Saturday.

Previous to stepping into the management shoes, Horan served as a selector under Mickey Ned O’Sullivan during a time he was also Limerick U-21 manager.

“My two year term is over but I haven’t even thought of that. When you are into the qualifiers you don’t have time to think about anything only games,” said Horan of his future.

The 2012 championship saw Limerick beat Waterford and Longford but lose to Clare and Kildare.

However Limerick introduced a number of new players to the inter-county scene this season.

It is hoped that the youthful nature of the panel will encourage Horan and his back room team of Brian Lacey and Joe Lee to remain in charge.

“Someone told me that Ian Ryan was the oldest forward on the pitch last week at the finish and he is only 22,” explained Horan.

“There was amount of young guys we injected in this year and they were not gently eased into it – they were thrown into it,” he said.

“We have great leaders in the dressing rooms the likes of Seanie Buckley, Johnny McCarthy, Stephen Kelly, Lucey and all these guys, the young lads just look up to them and its very easy follow them.”

However after the highs of coming within seconds of defeating Kildare, Limerick will not be back in action until next February when they again attempt to get promoted from Division Four of the Allianz League.

“It’s very hard to go back and get ready for the league again,” sighed Horan.

Although Limerick caused Kildare all sorts of problems for 70-minutes they were over run in extra time when the greater experience and fitness of Kieran McGeeney’s men was evident.

“It’s very difficult to maintain that level – we are playing Division Four football and this is a huge step up to play a team that is really a machine when they come at you in wave after wave” said Horan.

But he backed the spirit of his team.

“That’s an achievement but that’s the thing about Limerick people there is a never say die attitude. They pull it out of the fire when you think they are down and close to the count. We thought we had contained them - they still come out you with pace and from angles but we had them covered.”