Limerick hurling manager search ‘on-going’

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Cork's Ger Cunningham, linked to Limerick senior hurling job
THE search for Limerick’s new senior hurling manager is “on-going”.

THE search for Limerick’s new senior hurling manager is “on-going”.

That’s according to Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan, who gave a brief update to club delegates at this Tuesday night’s October monthly meeting of the County Board.

O’Riordan, who is one of the five-man committee to nominate the new management, said that it was hoped to “conclude the process in the short term”.

However as the search continues, all involved in the selection committee are remaining tight-lipped.

O’Riordan is joined in the selection committee by Limerick GAA treasurer Donal Morrissey and independent trio Jim Woulfe, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Damien Quigley, who was a sub in Na Piarsaigh’s Limerick SHC winning side last Sunday.

Liam Sheedy was the early favourite to replace John Allen, who much speculation in the past week has suggested that Limerick could be returning to Cork once again.

However, all names linked to the role are solely based on speculation.

Current Cork selector Ger Cunningham is the latest name to join the rumour mill.

The arrival of Jimmy Barry Murphy’s selector on Shannonside would see Limerick return to the St Finbarr’s club for the third successive time.

If rumours are to be believed, the former Cork goalkeeper would include another former Cork goalkeeper as team coach - Donal Og Cusack.

There is also speculation that Donal O’Grady could be set for a return and once again link up with his 2011 selector TJ Ryan.

Meanwhile, a new sub-committee is to be established to select the 2014 Limerick U-21 management.

One management search has that reached a conclusion is that for Limerick minor hurling manager.

Brian Ryan and his back room team have rightly been given another year.

Ryan, Jerry Wallace, Eamonn Cregan and Paul Finn won Munster honours this Summer and the 2014 team will be backboned by a large number of this season’s team and panel.

The reappointment of Brian Ryan was rubber stamped, without any opposition, at this week’s County Board meeting.

The meeting also heard that JP McManus is to remain as Limerick team sponsor for another season.

The announcement was made by Limerick GAA treasurer Donal Morrissey.

Both Morrissey and chairman Oliver Mann paid tribute to the continuing financial support of McManus. Limerick will continue to have the Sporting Limerick logo on jerseys.