THE search for a new Limerick senior hurling manager appears to have been narrowed down to three names.
Former Cork All-Ireland winning manager John Allen heads the short list along with out-going selectors Ciaran Carey and TJ Ryan.
It is understood that the Independent Appointments Committee of Jim Woulfe, Paudie Fitzmaurice and Damien Quigley, like they did last season, have canvassed the views of players from this seasonâ€™s senior hurling squad and it appears that the role of trainer Jerry Wallace has been identified as key.
The continuation of Wallace in his role would offer much needed continuity.
John Allen and Wallace worked together with Cork when Allen stepped up from his role as selector to replace Donal Oâ€™Grady and managed his side county in 2005 and â€˜06.
It now appears that Allen could again replace Oâ€™Grady.
Although he is one of three people nominated for the position of Antrim hurling manager it is felt that Wallace would remain in Limerick if wanted by the in-coming manager.
In that regard the appointment of John Allen would make sense.
Allen guided Cork to the 2005 All-Ireland title and 12-months later they were defeated in the September showpiece by Kilkenny.
However, there are endless options available to the Independent Appointments Committee.
Wallace could also be willing to continue his role as trainer in conjunction with one of last seasonâ€™s selectors.
In this regard it is understood that Garryspillaneâ€™s TJ Ryan could be the leading choice with former county U-21 and camogie manager Ciaran Carey also in the frame.
While the three-man Independent Appointments Committee has remained tight-lipped it hasnâ€™t stopped the rumour mill.
Departed Tipperary trainer Cian Oâ€™Neill and Toomevara trainer Ger Cunningham (Knockainey) are two of the popular choices. Liam Sheehy, Nicky English and Joe Dooley are among the continuous names linked but is doesnâ€™t appear that they are on the radar of the Independent Appointments Committee.
All could become clearer at the next County Board meeting on October 11.