LIMERICK are on the look-out for a new manager after sacking Pat Scully, but possible target Stephen Kenny is close to taking the reins at Dundalk.
Kenny still has to finalise the terms of his severance package with Shamrock Rovers, which is delaying him confirming a deal with any employers.
However, it is understood that he met officials from Dundalk last weekend and they found common ground on budgetary plans for 2013.
Limerick may decide to look outside Ireland for their next boss after they decided to part company with the Dubliner, who guided them to promotion just over a month ago.
The former Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers centre-half had been in charge at Jackman Park for four seasons.
The Premier Division newcomers will be an attractive proposition for prospective bosses as Scully had a strong squad at his disposal.
With the likes of Denis Behan, Dominic Foley, Stephen Bradley and Joe Gamble on their books, the Shannonsiders are expected to hit the ground running in the top flight next season – and they may do so at Thomond Park.
Club officials have held discussions with the officials who run Munster Rugby's home ground about possibly playing there until the redevelopment of the Markets Field is completed.
Current home Jackman Park will struggle to come up to licensing requirements, so the 22,000-capacity Thomond Park could be an option if a deal can be agreed.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Gary Rogers has agreed a new deal with champions Sligo Rovers, but the prospect of them retaining the services of PFAI Player of the Year Mark Quigley looks slim as he nears a move to Shamrock Rovers.