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McCarthy is back in hat for Limerick

JUSTIN McCarthy's ill-fated reign as Limerick hurling manager has taken another twist after he was nominated for the position again.

McCarthy's two-year term in the Treaty County office ended after their All-Ireland SHC qualifier defeat to Offaly and nominations were subsequently taken by the Limerick county board up until last Friday.

And the former Waterford boss has been put forward along with eight other candidates to be considered by a special three-man sub committee consisting of former players Paudie Fitzmaurice, Damien Quigley and Dairygold CEO, Jim Woulfe.

Former Cork All-Ireland winning manager John Allen is among the list of candidates as is John Touhy, one of McCarthy's selectors this year.

Recent playing stalwarts Gary Kirby, Ciarán Carey and TJ Ryan are also in the running as are former manager, Dave Keane, Under 21 boss Leo O'Connor and Val Murnane.

Meanwhile, Limerick football boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan has yet to decide whether he will go for a sixth season in charge after their championship exit to Cork on Saturday.

The Kerryman insisted after the extra-time defeat at the Gaelic Grounds that the decision of his coach, Donie Buckley, will heavily influence his own future in the county.

"I'll have to talk to Donie Buckley first," said O'Sullivan. "We're a double-act when it comes to taking charge of this team."

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney was another considering his managerial future over the weekend after his Farney side were dumped out by Kildare on Saturday.

McEnaney, who has presided over six years in charge, made no definitive statement one way or another about his intentions, but insisted he had enjoyed his spell at the helm.

"I gave six years to this Monaghan job and the players have been absolutely fantastic," he said.

"I'd be very proud of this group of players that have taken Monaghan from a very low ebb to dine at the top table. Today is not a day for players or management to be discussing such issues but I truly enjoyed my six years."

In Galway, hurling boss, John McIntyre, dodged the question about his position, stating "today is not the day to be talking about futures" after their one-point defeat to Tipperary, while Kevin Walsh issued a "no comment" when quizzed on the prospect of continuing with the Sligo footballers.