Brown moves closer to Limerick post
THE prospect of Phil Brown becoming Limerick manager moved a step closer after Fleetwood Town appointed Graham Alexander as manager.
The former Hull City boss had spoken to the League Two club about taking over there, but they opted to appoint the former Preston coach, leaving Limerick as Brown's next option.
Meanwhile, Dave Henderson has been reunited with Pat Fenlon, with whom he served at St Pat's, Shelbourne and Bohemians, after his appointment as head of youth development at Hibernian.
Messi relief after scan shows bruise
LIONEL MESSI says he is feeling fine despite bruising his left knee in Wednesday's Champions League game against Benfica but is unsure if he'll be fit for Sunday's La Liga match at Real Betis.
A scan ruled out anything more serious than bruising following the collision with Benfica 'keeper Artur, and Messi worked out in the gym yesterday.
"When I felt the blow I thought the worst because of the pain, that I might be out for many months," he said. "After the tests, and having ruled out a serious injury, I was much more relaxed. I am feeling good, fortunately it was only a blow and I am better."
Coleraine to kick off Croly's Hoops reign
Trevor Croly will kick off his reign as Shamrock Rovers manager with a Setanta Cup clash against Coleraine, following yesterday's draw for the first round of next year's competition.
The draw involved the eight unseeded teams. The four seeded teams – holders Crusaders, Linfield, Sligo Rovers and Derry City – will enter the competition at the quarter-finals stage.
Cork City will face Cliftonville, St Patrick's Athletic have been paired with Glentoran, while Drogheda United face Portadown.
The first-round two-legged games will take place in February.