Limerick to select new manager

The name of the new Limerick senior football manager will be revealed tonight at a meeting of the Shannonsiders' county board.

The name of the new Limerick senior football manager will be revealed tonight at a meeting of the Shannonsiders' county board.

With ex-Kerry and Westmeath supremo Paidi O'Se opting to wthdraw his name from the race "after careful consideration", it looks like a straight three-horse race between current Limerick Under-21 boss Ger Lawlor, Kerry natives John Kennedy - who stepped down as Clare boss during the summer - and Mickey Ned O'Sullivan for the position.

O'Sullivan, a former Kerry manager, is most famous for his role as a selector on TG4's Underdogs programme.

Dromcollogher/Broadford manager Mossie McCarthy and Galway native Frank Doherty have also been mentioned as possibles to replace Liam Kearns.

It is over two months now since Kerryman Kearns stepped down in the aftermath of Limerick's 0-9 to 0-13 round three qualifier loss to Derry.

The interviewing process for new manager, which was led by Limerick football board chairman Owen Hayes, was completed early last week.

Lawlor's position as the only native in the running and his role in the Limerick Under-21s's rise to this year's Munster final could stand him in good stead. Lawlor is currently in charge of local club Monaleen, whom he helped to the Munster club final in 2002.

Whoever gets the job will have to act fast as the county board will be itching for a sharp return to the National League's top flight in 2006.

Under Kearns' baton, Limerick were relegated after finishing a disappointing second-last in Division 1B this season.

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