NOT a dissenting voice as this week’s County Board meeting gave a unanimous seal of approval to John Kiely’s new Limerick senior hurling management.
The Galbally man and his backroom team were given a three year term.
“We have craved in Limerick for the past number of years that the Limerick senior hurling team would be managed by Limerick people and now we have that and they are not just token Limerick people – they are not just appointed because they are Limerick people, they were appointed because of their credentials. Each and everyone of them has tasted All Ireland success – Jimmy Quilty with Blackrock’s All Ireland club, Joe O’Connor and Paul Kinnerk in 2013 with Clare and John Kiely with Limerick in 2015 at U-21 level,” Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann told the large gathering of club delegates in Claughaun.
“They are not just token Limerick people, they are Limerick people with credentials – Limerick people who have tasted success at the highest level and Limerick people who will endeavour to get Limerick up to where it really really belongs and I just ask everybody, without exception, to support the Limerick senior hurling management and the Limerick senior hurling players from whatever panel they put together for 2017.”
He appealed for support.
“I think it behoves each and everyone of us as Limerick people to get behind a Limerick senior hurling management team – there will be peaks and troughs, hills and valleys but we need everybody supporting our management team and players – it’s the only, only ways,” he stressed.
“What we are looking at here in my view is the start of a new era for Limerick. There has been a lot of positive comment and remark over the last 24-hours,” said the chairman.
The official ratification of the new management was proposed by Garryspillane delegate Jim Dooley and seconded by Galbally’s Bill Cussen.
There were four quick comments from floor albeit two were more congratulations for the new management and that was it - the proposal from the Management Selection Committee (Oliver Mann, Mike O’Riordan, Joe McKenna, Bernard Duggan and Brendan O’Connor) had been given a unanimous vote of confidence.
No further detail was divulged with Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan stating that there was “a certain level confidentiality”.
The County Board meeting also gave it’s backing to the Management Selection Committee to remain in place to “act in an advisory and support role” to the new inter-county management team.
“Last night when we were finishing our meeting with John Kiely, Joe O’Connor and Paul Kinnerk, John Kiely thanked the Management Selection Committee for the faith they have put in them to do a particular job and they requested that the Management Selection Committee would stay in place to support them to bring Limerick to where we all want Limerick to be and I promised him that I would bring that here tonight,” said Oliver Mann.
The elevation of John Kiely to the senior role means Limerick now goes in search of a new U-21 hurling manager.
The Management Selection Committee (Oliver Mann, Mike O’Riordan, Joe McKenna, Bernard Duggan and Brendan O’Connor) who proposed the senior manager are now also to propose the new U-21 management.
Na Piarsaigh’s Shane O’Neill, former U-21 manager Leo O’Connor and former minor manager Brian Ryan will be among the leading candidates.
Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan told the meeting that a review with take place before any decision was made on a management for 2017.
“The manager of the minor team is away at this present time and there will be a full review with the management team when Pat (Donnelly) returns,” said O’Riordan.
Limerick Football chairman John Cregan outlined that clubs have until Saturday September 17 to make suggestions for the new senior football manager to replace John Brudair.
The meeting rubber stamped a six man committee to source the new manager - Cregan, Gerry Phillips, Liam O’Sullivan, Mike Mullane, Billy Lee and Stephen Lucey.
This week’s County Board meeting was told that Declan Brouder will remain as manager for a third season.
“We have had a review with the U-21 football management and it was all very positive. We would be very keen that Declan Brouder remain in charge - I think he has done an excellent job and takes it very seriously and fortunately for us he has indicated he would like to stay for another year in the role. He is suggesting some changes to his backroom team,” outlined John Cregan.
It appears Limerick will have a new minor football manager in 2017 after Jerry O’Sullivan’s four year spell.
“The minor football management is currently being worked on by the Implementation Group, whose duty it is to bring proposals for the minor football management,” said John Cregan.