Limerick select Brudair as new football boss

John Brudair is set to become the new manager of the Limerick senior footballers after receiving the backing of club delegates at last night's Limerick Football Committee meeting in Adare.

Limerick select Brudair as new football boss

John Brudair is set to become the new manager of the Limerick senior footballers after receiving the backing of club delegates at last night's Limerick Football Committee meeting in Adare.

Brudair will be ratified as Maurice Horan's successor at the next meeting of the Limerick County Board. His backroom team will include selector Declan Brouder and coach Diarmuid Mullins with a second selector to be confirmed.

Brudair, a county title winner as a player, made Limerick GAA history by managing Dromcollogher-Broadford to a first Munster Club SFC title in 2008.

In recent weeks, his St. Patrick's side were edged out by Monaleen at the semi-final stage of the Limerick Championship, while his CV also includes a successful coaching stint with the Charleville junior hurlers.

Selector Brouder is from Newcastle West and has worked with a number of the club's teams in recent years. On the pitch, he won a Munster Championship with the Limerick Under-21 footballers back in 2000.

Mullins, the Shannonsiders' new coach, hails from Laois with whom he was an All-Ireland MFC winner in 1996. A teacher in Crescent College who plays for the Mungret club, he assisted Tony Considine when Kilmallock were crowned Limerick hurling champions in both 2010 and 2012.

Meanwhile, the Limerick County Board have confirmed that their footballers will not be competing in the traditional early season McGrath Cup competition in 2014.

The lesser decorated Munster counties are taking a stand against Cork and Kerry's seeding for the 2014 Munster Senior Football Championship. As part of their protest, Clare and Limerick announced this week that they will play no part in the McGrath Cup in January.

Tipperary and Waterford are expected to follow suit and withdraw, and the prospect of that has left Munster GAA Secretary Simon Moroney admitting that the 2014 McGrath Cup could be scrapped.

"Every year we ask the counties to participate (in the McGrath Cup) as we do with the colleges in the province and they make up their own minds," Moroney told the Irish Examiner.

"I'm not going to comment on the rationale for the views of counties. We're currently asking counties whether they are or aren't competing and then we'll make a decision whether to proceed if there are low numbers.

"Occasionally, some of the counties and colleges don't participate in one or other of the codes and we have a regulation that allows withdrawals taking into account the actual participants. But obviously with the four county panels having indicated they wouldn't participate in it, we will consider that and how to proceed.

"Our competition controls committee will meet over the next couple of weeks to do that as well as the draws for the Under-21, minors and next year's club Championships. It'll be the democratic decision of the council and we'll move on from there."

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