All Ireland winner joins football backroom team, Limerick FC face Rovers in penultimate game and Paul Kinnerk takes job with Limerick underage are the big talking points in today’s sports update.
GAA - McFadden links up with Limerick senior footballers
Limerick’s senior footballers have added former Donegal player Antoin McFadden to their backroom team. McFadden won an All Ireland title with Jim McGuinness’ side in 2012 and just last weekend coached Newcastle West to their first SFC title in 23 years. McFadden will take on the strength and conditioning role with the senior footballers, replacing Ballybrown’s Mikey Kiely in the role.
Soccer - Super Blues welcome Shamrock Rovers in must win game
Martin Russell’s Limerick FC have just two games left in their quest to stay in the Airtricity Premier Division. Shamrock Rovers are the visitors to the Markets Field on Friday night in what is a must win game for Limerick FC. The super blues sit two points off Drogheda United and Sligo Rovers in the table and if results don’t go their way - they could be relegated by Sunday. Limerick had a massive chance to get off the bottom last weekend but put in arguably one of their worst performances of the season in the 2-0 loss to Derry City. A win against Rovers is a must if Limerick are to escape the dreaded drop.
GAA - Consultant role for Kinnerk with Limerick underage academy
Clare’s All Ireland SHC winning coach Paul Kinnerk is to join Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy as a consultant. The Monaleen man, who played senior football for Limerick, is to coach Limerick’s varying inter-county coaches from U-14 to U-17 and offer advise throughout the season. Kinnerk is also to continue in his role with Limerick’s Underage Football Academy, where he works alongside his club-mate Muiris Gavin. Kinnerk was linked to the vacant coaching role with TJ Ryan’s senior hurlers but was unavailable to time constraints as he is studying for his PhD at present.
Boxing - No last minute deal as Walsh departs for US
Billy Walsh flew to the US this morning to take up his role with the women’s boxing Olympic team. Walsh resigned from his role as head coach of Irish boxing high performance unit on Monday after not being able to agree a new deal with the Irish Amateur Boxing association (IABA). The IABA have come in for huge criticism since Walsh’s resignation. Walsh led Ireland to a fourth placed finish in last week’s World Championships with Michael Conlan winning the country’s first ever gold medal at the event.
SPORT ON TV TODAY
6.30am: Cricket - Pakistan v England 2nd Test Day 1, Sky Sports 2
7am: Golf - Hong Kong Open, Sky Sports 4
4pm: Soccer - Europa League, Qabala v Borussia Dortmund, Setanta Ireland
6pm: Soccer - Europa League, Anderlecht v Tottenham Hotspur, Setanta Ireland
8.05pm: Soccer - Europa League, Liverpool v Rubin Kazan, Setanta Ireland & BT Sport Europe
8.05pm: Soccer - Europa League, Molde v Celtic, BT Sport 2