Limerick the managers
Published 22/09/2010 | 05:00
Tom Ryan (1994-1997)
The records are clear that Ryan is Limerick's most successful manager of modern times. Won two Munster titles and steered the team to two All-Ireland final appearances but had a history of discord and mistrust with administrators. Now a stern critic.
Eamonn Cregan (1998-2002)
The Limerick team of the 1990s was weakening when Cregan took over.
Summoned up the conviction for a Munster final appearance in 2001 but little else.
Mossie Carroll (2002)
Technically Carroll, formerly a selector with Cregan, was manager for less than 48 hours after Cregan quit before doing a U-turn.
Dave Keane (2003)
The man behind the trio of All-Ireland U-21 titles between 2000 and 2002 couldn't get a handle on the transition to senior level in one year. Limerick delegates didn't afford him any more time.
Padjoe Whelahan (2004-2005)
Came from Birr with a big reputation as an All-Ireland winning club manager but early in his second league campaign poor results made it too uncomfortable for him to stay.
Joe McKenna (2005-2006)
Originally part of Whelahan's ticket, he assumed control after the Birr man's departure and the pick-up was quick. Reached a league final in
2006 but lost to Kilkenny before a championship defeat to Tipperary ripped the heart out of Limerick. A hammering from Clare prompted a mid-season resignation.
Richie Bennis (2006-2008)
Another of the '73 crew to step into the breach, he brought instant stability and then an All-Ireland final appearance against Kilkenny in 2007. A disappointing 2008 brought more change and left Bennis disappointed.
Justin McCarthy (2009-2010)
Reaching an All-Ireland semi-final in 2009 papered over the cracks and when he sought to remove almost 12 of his squad in the off-season, he lost another 12 in protest. Struggled through the league and championship as Limerick hit new lows.