Donal O'Grady has moved one step closer to being confirmed as the new Limerick senior hurling manager tonight, following a meeting of the Limerick GAA Executive tonight at the Gaelic Grounds.
A vote of confidence was passed by the Executive to appoint the Corkman as the Shannonsiders' boss for 2011, however O'Grady failed to receive the unanimous backing of the top table.
It is now up to the Limerick clubs to complete the process tomorrow night, when a meeting of club delegates will be convened. It is, as yet, unclear if he will get the majority backing he needs.
Speaking earlier on RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta's 'An Saol Ó Dheas' programme, O'Grady confirmed his interest in taking the job for a one-year term.
He said that he would enjoy the challenge of getting the team back into Division 1 of the National Hurling League.
He said that his understanding from the appointment committee was that they wanted someone with experience to come in and to take the reins for a year, working on setting up structures and focusing on getting the basics right, such as logistics and training, and that the panel would then be better equipped in a year's time to move ahead.
O’Grady said that the Limerick squad has talent and substance, but that perhaps they lacked some experience, and that his job was to set up structures that would help bring out their full potential.
He said that a team was like a pyramid, that the base had to be strong and that a lot carried on from that.
He stated that these were the issues as he understood them from the appointment committee, but that he could not be sure until he was in the job.
Asked about his aims, O'Grady said that it is not his style to set out with a list of matches and competitions that he wanted to win, rather that his intention is to create a situation that brings out the full potential of the panel, and to take it from there.