JOHN Kiely got the unanimous backing of the clubs of Limerick this Tuesday evening as he was handed a three year term tenure at the helm of the county senior hurlers.
There were no dissenting voices as the 2015 All Ireland U-21 winning manager was confirmed as the successor to TJ Ryan.
While one selector is to be confirmed at a later stage, Kiely’s backroom team will include hurling coach Paul Kinnerk, strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor and selector Jimmy Quilty.
Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann appealed for all to now give their support to the new management.
“It is the start of a new era – there have been a lot of positive comments over the last 24-hours and it is now behold on all of us to support this Limerick senior hurling management and their players,” said Mann.
“There will be peaks and troughs, hills and valleys but we need for everyone to give their support – it’s the only way,” said Mann, who was one of the five man committee that brought forward the new management.
Also included in that Selection Management Committee was Limerick GAA Secretary Mike O’Riordan, Joe McKenna, Bernard Duggan and Brendan O’Connor.
“We have craved that the Limerick senior hurling team would be managed by Limerick people. We now have that and they are not token Limerick people – they are Limerick people with credentials of winning at the highest level,” said the chairman.