Allen to meet Limerick GAA chiefs

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

JOHN Allen is to sit down with officials of Limerick County Board inside the next two weeks to cement plans for 2013.

JOHN Allen is to sit down with officials of Limerick County Board inside the next two weeks to cement plans for 2013.

Last October the former Cork All-Ireland winning manager was appointed as Limerick boss for a two year term.

This Wednesday, Allen said that he needed to “reflect” on the championship gone-by and look ahead to 2013 “in the cold light of day”.

While not 100% confirming that he would be seeing out his two year term, Allen has already briefly spoken with Limerick GAA officials about plans for next season and all expect the management team to remain in place.

“I’ll be talking to the Board. I was appointed for a two year term but firstly I will be talking to the Board and looking at things in the cold light of day,” Allen told LeaderSport this week.

“We have a very good set-up and I would have to say that everyone of the players are decent, hard working and disciplined fellas,” said Allen.

Stability and continuity are now vital to Limerick hurling and Allen is aware of the need for his young side to starting planning for the coming season, as soon as possible.

“There is already plans afoot to do gym work for core strength and conditioning,” outlined Allen. “When you look back to last Sunday and see the physique of the Kilkenny players it is vital that our 18/19/20 year old need to do core work,” said Allen.

“I would say that last Sunday was the most intense and physical experience ever for the likes of our young players like Shane Dowling, Delcan Hannon, Graeme Mulcahy and Sean Tobin and now they know the level that is out there and maybe we need to bulk up a little to reach that level,” outlined the manager.

On Monday, Allen sat down to look at the video of the Kilkenny game and remains positive about his side’s efforts in 2012.

“You really can’t come from no where to win the All-Ireland. If you were looking at where we have come from you would say that Limerick and Clare were bottom of the pile in terms of Munster hurling. At this point I would like to think that we are in a better place than at the start of the year,” he outlined.

Allen again used the word “heroic” to describe his defensive unit this season.

“We had a formidable half back line and for the goals last Sunday is was just a little bit of naivety that cost us.

“We were happy at half time but then they dragged us out and we lost our shape and were caught twice for goals, but I was pleased our heads didn’t drop after that.”