Search for new Limerick football boss narrowed down to three

Tom McGlinchey, Ned English and Barry Donnelly have all been nominated for the vacant Limerick senior football manager's position.

Search for new Limerick football boss narrowed down to three

Tom McGlinchey, Ned English and Barry Donnelly have all been nominated for the vacant Limerick senior football manager's position.

The three nominees to succeed Maurice Horan, who stepped down last month after three years in charge, have been revealed by the sub-committee put in place by the Limerick County Board to find a new manager.

McGlinchey has emerged as the early favourite having managed the Limerick minors for two years recently and he also took charge of the county's Under-21s and juniors this season.

The Cork man, who was previously nominated for the Limerick senior role, also boasts some senior inter-county experience on his CV.

He managed the Tipperary footballers to a Munster final appearance in 2002 and was also coach of the Ballylanders side that won the Limerick SFC title in 2007.

2002 was a stand-out year too in Ned English's managerial career as he guided Drom-Broadford to a Limerick and Munster Championship double. More recently, he was in charge of the Limerick junior team in 2011.

The third man in the running is Clare-based Barry Donnelly. Hailing from Tyrone, he has good knowledge of the Limerick club scene courtesy of a coaching stint with Hospital-Herbertstown.

Meanwhile, it is expected that Cavan will field an unchanged team against Kerry in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.

The Breffni men got a taste of GAA headquarters last weekend when they beat London by nine points in the final round of the qualifiers.

Cavan boss Terry Hyland unloaded his bench in the second half of that game and substitute Niall McDermott scored a late goal, but the management are likely to stick with the same starting line-up.

"We have a few bangs and knocks but nothing really serious. We will get them together and see how they are for Sunday. We should be naming the same 15," Hyland told the Irish News.

"It's helpful (having played in Croke Park last Saturday) because, as everybody knows, we don't play there too often. So it was a good exercise against London from that point of view.

"Hopefully that will work out well for us at the weekend. It will certainly have helped our younger players to get a feel for the place, so it won't be anything new for them on Sunday."

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