Limerick GAA Chairman backs Allen to stay on

Limerick hurling manager John Allen
LIMERICK GAA chairman Oliver Mann has confirmed that he will be asking John Allen to remain in charge for another year.

LIMERICK GAA chairman Oliver Mann has confirmed that he will be asking John Allen to remain in charge for another year.

Speaking to media in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat, Allen was noncommittal on his future.

The Cork native explained that he would take a number of weeks before deciding if he wanted to return for another term as Limerick senior hurling manager.

The two-year term of the former Cork All-Ireland winning manager officially came to an end at the final whistle of the bitterly disappointing All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Clare.

However, this Wednesday afternoon Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann told LeaderSport that it would be his wish for Allen to extend his stay on Shannonside.

“We will be sitting down with management over the next week or two to review the entire year,” explained the County Board chairman.

“We have to wait and see if they want to return but of course I would be keen for John Allen to stay on as manager,” said Mann.

LeaderSport also understands that it would also be the wish of the players that John Allen and his back room tam remain in place for at least another year.

John Allen has served two years as Limerick manager.

When at the helm of his native Cork almost a decade ago, he committed to a two year term and that’s all he served, despite leading them to All-Ireland honours.

However, Allen had been involved as a selector in the previous management.

“I initially agreed to two years, so I will talk to the board over the next few weeks now and we will discuss that,” stated John Allen.

“I am not sure really what I’ll do. I don’t know is the answer,” he replied when asked if he would like to stay on.

“The board might say to me, ‘sorry John, your time is up.’ I haven’t spoken to them about it and they have spoken to me about it. It’s something over the next few weeks we will discuss,” said Allen.

Allen led Limerick to a first Munster SHC title since 1996 and a first Munster championship win since 2007.

While the season ended with Croke Park heartbreak, Limerick hurling has made great strides this season, albeit the first half of the year brought the disappointment of a second successive Division 1B league final defeat.

While much focus will centre on the future of John Allen, hurling supporters will also hope that all members of the panel will return for the 2014 season.

Captain Donal O’Grady and Niall Moran are the only two players in their 30’s.

Neither made any immediate announcements regarding their futures.

The future of Allen and his management team is likely to be on the agenda for the next County Board meeting on September 10.

It is hoped that Limerick GAA officials will have met with John Allen and his back room team ahead of that meeting in Claughaun.

The one year term of Limerick minor hurling manager Brian Ryan will also end this season.

U-21 manager TJ Ryan and intermediate manager Natal O’Grady have also come to the end of their initial one year terms as inter-county managers.

Elsewhere the search continues for Limerick’s new senior football manager.

Just three candidates were nominated to succeed Maurice Horan at the helm after he stepped down.

Initially the Football Committee sought nominations from the club’s of the county and three individuals had their names submitted.

But the three man sub-committee tasked with finding the new manager were given a remit that allowed them to source a candidate outside of those nominated by the clubs. Those nominated were given two weeks to assemble back room teams.

The trio nominated - Tom McGlinchey, Ned English and Barry Donnelly - are to be interviewed in the coming week.

The three man sub-committee comprises of Football Committee chairman Sean McAuliffe, former Football Committee chairman John Galvin and Jim Barry of Limerick senior football champions, Dromcollogher-Broadford.

There is no confirmation that anyone outside of those nominated are to be interviewed.