Kearns in line for possible Limerick return

Kerry native Liam Kearns has been linked with a return to managing the Limerick senior footballers.

Kerry native Liam Kearns has been linked with a return to managing the Limerick senior footballers.

Kearns is one of six nominees to succeed Mickey Ned O'Sullivan in the post, after the 58-year-old recently stepped aside after a five-year reign in Limerick.

Kearns was at the Shannonsiders' helm from 1999 to 2005, guiding them to Munster SFC final appearances in 2003 and 2004.

Limerick lost out to Kerry in both deciders, and they also reached a National League Division 2 final in 2003 under Kearns' stewardship.

Kearns was nominated before last night's deadline when a meeting of the Limerick Football Committee took place at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.

However, that committee also has the ability to source a manager from outside the shortlist.

Also in the running for the position are former Clare manager John Kennedy and ex-Tipperary boss Tom McGlinchey.

Kennedy was linked with the Limerick job back in 2005, before O'Sullivan was confirmed as Kearns' replacement.

The three remaining nominees are former Limerick footballers John Cummins and Maurice Horan, and John Brudair, who has managed Dromcollogher-Broadford to back-to-back Limerick SFC titles.

Kearns has also been mooted as a possible replacement for Joe Kernan as Galway senior football manager. Kernan stepped down last month after just one season out west.

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