Limerick FC manager Pat Scully has been handed a major vote of confidence ahead of Friday night’s crucial First Division League fixture against leaders Shelbourne with confirmation that he has been handed a two-year contract extension.
Scully will now remain in charge of promotion-chasing Limerick FC until the end of the 2013 season after agreeing terms with club chiefs. It has also been announced that the club’s Assistant Manager, Declan Farmer will take on an additional role of club U-19 manager.
Limerick FC face runaway leaders Shelbourne in a crucial tie at Tolka Park this Friday night at 8pm. Shels’ look a good bet to claim one of the two automatic promotion places available as they currently enjoy an 11-point lead over fourth-placed Limerick and a seven-point advantage over second-placed Cork City.
With neither second-placed City nor third-placed Monaghan United in League action this weekend due to their FAI Ford Cup commitments, a win on Friday night would allow Limerick move joint-second in the table.
Limerick FC face two fellow promotion contenders, Monaghan United as well as Shels’, in their remaining six League fixtures and the outcome of those games will be crucial in determining whether Pat Scully’s side secure one of two automatic promotion spots, a promotion play-off place or miss out altogether on making a return to the top flight for next season.
Pat Scully said: “I am obviously delighted to have extended my contract a further two years with Limerick FC and it is very pleasing that the club has shown great faith in the job I have done to date and my ability to bring the club to the next level.
“I am now over two years with the club and have a developed a great working relationship with Chairman Pat O’Sullivan & the board that is based on great trust & mutual respect.”
Limerick FC Chairman Pat O’Sullivan, said, “We are delighted that we have retained the services of Pat Scully for a further two seasons.
“Not only does Pat bring a wealth of experience and football knowledge to Limerick FC but he has also been instrumental in helping transform the club’s reputation in the last number of years.”
Scully believes his side may well have to take 15 or 16 points from a possible 18 in their remaining six First Division games to at least secure a play-off berth.
“It is extremely difficult to set points totals at this stage,” he said. “You just never know. One team may well fall away.
“My guess is that we would need 64 or 65 points to finish in the top three.”