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Friday 18 April 2014

Ex-Hull boss Brown rules himself out of Limerick job

PHIL BROWN has turned down the opportunity to become manager of Limerick, despite a renewed effort by the Shannonsiders to secure his services.

The former Hull City boss met with the ambitious newly promoted League of Ireland side last week and they had positive discussions about the role.

However, they failed to agree on a financial package and Brown was also unsure about committing to Ireland when he believed there might be options coming up in England over the next month.

That didn't deter Limerick and they went back to Brown with an improved offer that led to further consideration from the former Premier League boss.

However, after mulling over the situation, the 53-year-old has made a final decision that it's not the right fit for him at this moment in time. Brown, who had been recommended for the role by Sam Allardyce, will instead wait to see if any openings arise closer to home.

Limerick had narrowed their options down to Brown and one Irish-based candidate – with Drogheda supremo Mick Cooke last week emerging as a possible target – and they were hoping to make an announcement by the beginning of this week.

The prolonged attempt to capture their number one choice, Brown, means the process has taken longer than anticipated.

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They had initially targeted a high-profile appointment from England to tie in with their planned move to Thomond Park for 2013, and they are now considering other options from that sphere.

It's understood they have already met with a new overseas applicant, while former Celtic assistant Alan Thompson has also spoken with them.

Meanwhile, Waterford United striker Sean Maguire has completed a medical with West Ham and is waiting on clearance from the Premier League for his transfer to go through.

Maguire shone at Division One level this year and, while visiting scouts expressed concern about the quality of opposition, the player showed enough on the Hammers' training ground to suggest he has the ability to step up to the next level.

Derry City striker David McDaid will play a behind closed doors game for League Two side Fleetwood Town today.

McDaid impressed on a recent trial, but then manager Micky Mellon was surprisingly sacked. However, new boss Graham Alexander will have a look at the front man this afternoon with a view to agreeing a deal.

Derry have already moved to replace McDaid by signing Michael Rafter from Dundalk and also making progress towards capturing Mark Griffin from the Louthmen.

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