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Thursday 17 April 2014

Limerick play down talk of Allen's departure

Allen: no decision yet

JOHN ALLEN has not made a final decision on his future as Limerick manager, despite widespread speculation yesterday that he had formally stepped down from the post.

Local station West Limerick 102FM reported that Allen had resigned, quoting a county board source as the basis for their story.

This news then circulated on Twitter, forcing Limerick County Board secretary Mike O'Riordan to publicly reject them, insisting that there had been no such development on the manager's future.

The Sunday Independent can confirm that Allen has not yet held any formal meeting with the Limerick board, nor has a decision been made on his future.

When he replaced Donal O'Grady in the hot seat, Allen was handed a two-year term, which is now complete. But it is understood that both the board and squad are desperate for him to stay after the manner in which he guided them to Munster glory. The St Finbarr's clubman has cultivated a top-notch atmosphere and backroom team which the players are known to be enormously enthusiastic about.

However, those players are not holding out much hope their boss will stay on for a third season. "We all want him to stay, there's no doubt about that and hopefully he will, but the fear is John will go as he has two years done," one said yesterday.

No official word, though, is expected on his future before the next Limerick board meeting on September 10. It is envisaged, however, that both parties will meet before then.

Meanwhile, Limerick board officials have been extremely busy preparing their All-Ireland minor hurling appeal ahead of tomorrow night's sitting with the GAA's Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

They will present a 72-page document outlining their case to the DRA after their All-Ireland minor semi-final clash with Galway was subject to a Hawk-Eye malfunction that wrongly denied Limerick a perfect point in a game that Galway eventually won after extra-time.

Two disciplinary bodies, the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) and Central Appeals Committee (CAC) have already decided not to uphold Limerick's objection under Rule 7.10, which states: "No objection or counter-objection may be submitted on grounds that a referee had incorrectly allowed or failed to allow a score."

The minor panel, managed by Brian Ryan and Eamonn Cregan, have met twice and trained once since the appeal process began. If their case is successful at the very last port of appeal, it could upset the staging of the Galway and Waterford All-Ireland final next Sunday.

Separately, the Cork County Board will discuss the vacant senior football manager's job for the first time at their meeting on Tuesday night.

Two-time All-Ireland winner John Cleary is the front-runner for the position with the names of Brian Cuthbert, Ephie Fitzgerald and Keith Ricken also being mentioned.

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