RODDY Collins has said he’d have Limerick FC challenging for the Premier Division title next season, if he can be appointed as the club’s new manager following the sacking of Pat Scully last week.
Collins has already submitted his application and says he is “the perfect fit” for the club.
“My CV has gone in already, I’m not going to wait around. It’s a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a fool and I can see something that can be very successful.
“With the resources Limerick have, anyone would be interested in taking them over and I’d have them challenging to win the Premier Division straight away. I think they could be in contention with three or four games to go next season and would be wanting to push on from there.”
Collins, whose last job was with Monaghan Utd before they went out of business last summer, has previously managed Carlisle Utd, Shamrock Rover, Maltese club Floriana and won the league and cup double with Bohemians in 2001.
“Whoever gets this job has to have a pedigree and they have to know the league. I took a Monaghan team up to the Premier Division and we’d the second-lowest budget in Division 1. We should have won that league too but I had success with Monaghan and with Bohs and it’s a no-brainer - I’m a perfect fit for this job.”
Despite leading Limerick to the Division 1 title - and automatic promotion - last month, Pat Scully was fired on Thursday of last week.
He declined to comment on the decision but club chairman Pat O’Sullivan has said they won’t be rushing into finding a replacement.
“I can confirm that Limerick FC have parted company with Pat Scully,” said O’Sullivan.
“As a club, we wish Pat well in his career and we move on. We’ll be advertising the position promptly to fill the manager’s role ahead of the new season in the Premier Division.
“I’ve no interest to get into a discussion on how we came to the decision. As a board, we made the decision.
“It wasn’t our intention to be saying it now, but there were rumours out there that needed to be put to bed. Limerick FC have parted with Pat on good terms.
“We will take our time to find the best candidate for Limerick and that’s what we’ll be doing.
“We won’t be doing something hasty as we might find ourselves in the position whereby we don’t have the right guy. If we take our time, we’ll give ourselves the best chance of getting the right person to fill Pat’s shoes.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Limerick could be playing their Premier Division games in Thomond Park next season, if they aren’t ready to return to the Markets Field.
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