Limerick boss Allen keeping it low key

Limerick hurling manager, John Allen
LIMERICK are in line to select from a full squad for Sunday week’s Munster senior hurling final.

LIMERICK are in line to select from a full squad for Sunday week’s Munster senior hurling final.

Limerick manager John Allen confirmed a number of “niggles” but expects all to be available for selection.

“We have nothing serious - Paudie O’Brien has a hamstring strain, James Ryan has a swollen hand and Cathal King has an issue with his knee,” outlined Allen this Wednesday.

“There is nothing that should keep them out of the selection for the final 26 on the match day squad,” added the Limerick manager.

Limerick train this Thursday and again on Sunday.

The will finalise preparations with further training on next Tuesday and Thursday, with the team being announced after training on the Thursday evening.

“We got back down to earth after the Tipp game and we have the same build-up to that game for the next game. We are keeping it low key,” explained Allen.

“The mood is good - the same as the last game,” said Allen of his players on the training field.

“I am not concerned about the occasion being too big or anything like that.”
But the Limerick manager has appealed to supporters not to annoy players or management for tickets and to allow them concentrate on hurling next week.

“We want to keep them away from as much as the hype as possible,” he said.

“Between tickets and whats been said and written in the press it is just important that we all focus on the game.”

He continued: “It is important that they are allowed to concentrate on the job ahead of them. People believe that players have an endless supply of tickets but they only get a set allocation of tickets and that is it”.

“I would appeal to people to allow the players the space they need in the build-up.”

“I understand there is a great hype in Limerick and there is a great hype here in Cork also. There is a real buzz about the hurling championship, especially after the Dublin win. There is a big game this Saturday (Kilkenny v Tipperary) and then the following weekend there are another two big finals,” explained Allen.