JOHN Brudair looks poised to become the new Limerick senior football manager.
At this Tuesday night’s October monthly meeting of Limerick’s County Board, Football Committee chairman Sean McAuliffe said that the appointment was “very close”.
“The process is not completed but we should be very near by the weekend,” said McAuliffe.
It is understood that Dromcollogher-Broadford’s Brudair is the preferred choice to replace Maurice Horan. Brudair is believed to be in the process of confirming a backroom team. He would become the first Limerick native to manager the inter-county side since Dave Quirke in the mid-late 90s. Limerick have since turned to Paddy Mulvihill, Liam Kearns, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan and Maurice Horan.
Brudair has won Limerick SFC titles as a player and manager with his native Drom-Broadford. He managed them to their historic 2008 Munster club crown.
He has since been involved with a Charleville side that won the Cork JAHC and this season guided St Patrick’s to the semi-finals of the Limerick SFC.
Meanwhile, despite objections from Monaleen, the Limerick SFC final is to go ahead in Newcastle West.
The CCC fixed the October 20 final against Dromcollogher-Broadford, for the west Limerick venue rather than the traditional Gaelic Grounds. The issue was again questioned at the County Board meeting.
But Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann dismissed any suggestion that the venue choice was downgrading the final. The chairman insisted that the “CCC has the sole power” to make GAA fixtures.
“County Committee doesn’t have the authority to over rule the CCC,” explained the chairman.
Monaleen delegate Michael Sheehan said that they were very disappointed that they were “never consulted” and that it was very ‘unfair to bring them out west’.
But the chairman wasn’t for allowing debate on the fixture.
“If the CCC were to engage in consultation for every fixture, we would get nothing fixed,” said Mann.