Sunday 28 December 2014

Limerick in tug of love with Fleetwood for former Hull boss Brown

Published 06/12/2012 | 05:00

PHIL BROWN remains interested in taking over as manager of Limerick after a meeting with club officials, but the Englishman has also held talks with Fleetwood Town about their vacant post.

The ex-Hull City boss was a surprise entrant in the race to replace Pat Scully at the newly promoted League of Ireland Premier Division side and was given a strong recommendation by Sam Allardyce, who kicked off his managerial career at Limerick.

Brown has been interviewed and the 53-year-old is impressed by the Shannonsiders' plans, which involve a switch to Thomond Park in 2013 ahead of a permanent move to a rebuilt Markets Field in 2014.

It is understood that initial discussions about the financial package on offer were below Brown's expectations, but there is hope within his camp that negotiations could bring the two parties closer.

The situation is complicated by the opening at Fleetwood, an ambitious League Two side. A host of high-profile names have been linked with their job, including former Manchester United duo Nicky Butt and Paul Ince.

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Brown has spoken with Fleetwood and has been backed heavily to land the job, yet he is still keen to discuss the Limerick idea further.

Limerick decided to speak with 10 candidates, and sources indicate that the club are keen to finish the process over the weekend, so the new man can start work next week.

Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers have fended off competition from Derry City to re-sign Raffaele Cretaro. The striker is happy with developments at the Showgrounds, pointing out that the league winners are in better shape compared to other years.

"To have 14 players signed up already, when in some of the previous seasons, it has been done with just a few weeks to the start of the season, is quite good and it'll be interesting now to see how Ian (Baraclough) finishes things off."

Manager Baraclough has been spending time in England with a view to recruiting fresh faces, with his only new signing to date the former Bit O'Red winger Aaron Greene.

Derry wanted Cretaro, but have secured another target in the form of Bray Wanderers' Sean Houston. Declan Devine believes that the Donegal lad was the Seagulls' best player last term.

New Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has tied up John Mountney and Eoghan Osborne, in addition to recruiting fringe Sligo midfielder John Dillon and Mervue's Patrick Hoban.

Kenny has offered new contracts to Peter Cherrie and Stephen McDonnell, but striker Michael Rafter looks Derry bound while Chris Shields has been on trial at Preston after being declared a free agent.

Irish Independent

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