KEVIN KILBANE has emerged as a shock contender for the vacant manager's job at Limerick.
The former Ireland international retired from football last weekend and was expected to embark on a career in the media as he considered whether he would go into coaching at a later date.
Former St Patrick's Athletic manager Johnny McDonnell is also understood to be in contention for the newly-promoted side who are expected to play their home matches at Thomond Park next year.
• Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been banned for one match after admitting an English FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words to an official. The 31-year-old "reluctantly" accepted the punishment – and an £8,000 fine – after the charge arose from an incident after City's derby defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.