Limerick football clubs get their men

DROMCOLLOGHER-Broadford have looked towards Kerry as they bid to revive their Limerick senior football championship aspirations.

DROMCOLLOGHER-Broadford have looked towards Kerry as they bid to revive their Limerick senior football championship aspirations.

Mike Fahy is the new man at the helm in Drom-Broadford and he has appointed Jerome Stack to be team coach.

A Listowel man, Stack actually played with Adare in the Limerick SFC in 2006 and was involved with the Kerry U-21 side in recent years.

Ahead of their 13th season as a senior football club the kingpins of the last decade have installed a new management team in an effort to topple hat-trick chasing Monaleen.

Twice in the last decade, Drom-Broadford set out in search of a hat-trick of wins but on both occasions the championship was won by Monaleen.

Now, it’s the turn of the city side to attempt to win the first three in a row since Treaty Sarsfield beat St Kierans in the Limerick SFC finals of 1973-75.

If the preferred option for the hurling clubs appears to be Clare for coaches, then it’s towards Kerry that the football sides look.

In total four sides have appointed Kerry born coaches to their back room teams - Dromcollogher-Broadford, Fr Caseys, Mountcollins and St Senans.

Newcastle West and St Patricks appear the only clubs to work with a local management set-up for the year ahead.

Last season’s finalists Monaleen and Newcastle West are the only sides in the county without changes to their club management team for 2012.

Clare senior football manager Micheal McDermott is to remain with Monaleen as they embark on their quest for a hat-trick of Limerick senior football titles.

After Monaleen’s heart-breaking Munster championship extra-time defeat to UCC it was thought that McDermott would concentrate 100% on his Clare duties for 2012.

However, Monaleen officials have again convinced the Cavan native to get involved with their title defence.

According to a club spokesperson, McDermott will work as a “consultant” to their management team of Sean O’Brien, Tom Bonfil and Eddie Cosgrave.

Elsewhere, it is pretty much all change in the backroom teams of the senior football clubs across the county.

Intermediate champions Mountcollins are to plan for their appearance in the top flight with a new coach. Humphrey Doody was involved with the club for the last three seasons and guided them to the county junior and intermediate championship titles.

But he is to be involved with Tom Fitzgerald’s Fr Caseys side for 2012.

Mountcollins have replaced Doody with Kevin Beasley of Tralee.

Another side looking west are St Senans. Kerry’s 1991 Munster championship winning full back Kieran Culhane is now managing their side with Vincent Culhane as physical trainer.

They join selectors; Vincent Kelly, Mike Mullane and Joe Lane.

Their neighbours St Kierans now have Niall Crowley as their coach. The Adare man was involved with the Limerick U-21 side for the last two seasons.

With Johnny Cummins moving up to take over the Limerick U-21 side, Galbally have appointed Oola’s James Donovan as coach to a Damien O’Connell managed side.

The other south Limerick side have also changed their management. Eamon O’Neill has departed after six years at the helm of Ballylanders.

Mikey Fox is now manager with Andy Lacey as coach. Lacey from Arravale Rovers in south Tipperary is a brother of Limerick senior football coach, Brian.

Ballysteen also have a change with Enda McDaid and Johno Neville as selectors and they are currently searching for a coach.

Adare remain the last side to full confirm their back room team for 2012.

Who’s in charge? Limerick club football managers

Adare No manager yet

Ballysteen Enda McDaid and Johno Neville

Ballylanders Andy Lacey

Drom-Broadford Jerome Stack

Fr Caseys Humphrey Doody

Galbally James Donovan

Monaleen Micheal McDermott

Mountcollins Kevin Beasley

Newcastle West Mike Quilligan

St Kierans Niall Crowley

St Senans Kieran Culhane

St Patricks Tom Downes