FORMER Hull City boss Phil Brown has ruled himself out of taking over the vacant Limerick FC manager’s position, which means the club now have to look elsewhere in their bid to find a replacement for Pat Scully.
Brown met club officials last week but despite being in negotiations, they couldn’t reach an agreement.
It was also mooted that Brown was unwilling to relocate his young family. It had been hoped that the club would be in a position to make an announcement by the end of this week.
Limerick FC chairman Pat O’Sullivan declined to comment on any individual connected to the job but said “the interview process is continuing and we’ll come to a conclusion early next week. After that we’ll evaluate where we are”.
The focus switches to who Limerick seek out now. Already they’ve been linked with a number of very high-profile names including former Ireland manager Brian Kerr, former England and Leicester boss Peter Taylor, former Irish internationals Kenny Cunningham and Jason McAteer along with former England striker Les Ferdinand.
Roddy Collins was the first to throw his hat in the ring when he claimed he’d have Limerick “challenging for the Premier League straight away”. But he has since taken over at Athlone Town.
It is believed that Johnny McDonald, who previously managed St Pat’s and was Kerr’s assistant in the Faroe Islands, has also been interviewed for the position.
Club captain Pat Purcell last month said that it was important for Limerick to appoint someone who knew the Airtricity League.
“I don’t think it’s about getting a big name,” he said. “It’s about getting the right man for Limerick. I think it’s important we get someone who knows the league, knows the players and has a good record of success.”
Limerick are also trying to finalise the deal to play their Premier League games at Thomond Park next season.
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