Kenny favourite for Limerick job

Aidan Fitzmaurice

STEPHEN KENNY is the early favourite to take over as manager of Premier Division newcomers Limerick FC after the shock exit of Pat Scully.

Dubliner Scully was axed by the Limerick board, just weeks after leading them to a First Division title which secured top-flight football for the club for the first time since 1994.

And while the club have time to consider Scully's replacement, the fact that former Longford, Bohemians and Derry City boss Kenny is available since his sacking by Shamrock Rovers in September could see him get the job of leading Limerick in the Premier Division next season.

However, Kenny has been strongly linked with the job at Dundalk. Limerick have not commented on Scully's departure, apart from a brief statement confirming that he had left, but players said they were in the dark.

"We got a text yesterday to say that Pat was gone and it was a complete shock," said one player. "As far as we knew Pat would be in charge for next season and we have no idea why he's gone."

Scully took over from Mike Kerley at Limerick three games into the 2009 season and although he had to wait for four seasons before winning promotion, the former Ireland cap was hailed for leading the side to the Division One title this year.

The board have been making preparations to move into Thomond Park for the 2013 season as their current home, Jackman Park, would not be passed fit for Premier Division football, while a move to the Market's Field, the traditional home of football in the city, is planned.