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Taylor puts name in hat at Limerick

FORMER England boss Peter Taylor is in the frame for the vacant manager's job with Premier Division newcomers Limerick FC.

The club are on the hunt for a new boss since the surprise sacking of Pat Scully earlier this month, just weeks after Scully led the side to promotion. A section of the Limerick board favour a local appointment, with John McDonnell, Damien Richardson and Kenny Cunningham all in contention, but Taylor has also been in contact with the club and while he's not the favourite, he will at least come into consideration.

Scully, who has been announced as the manager of the PFAI team of unemployed players who will take part in a tournament in Norway in January, says he has no bitterness over his surprise exit from the club. "I've got no issue with it at all. If I was sacked because I had done a terrible job I'd be devastated but I thought I did a great job," says Scully, who led Limerick back to the top flight for the first time since 1994.

"People run their clubs the way they run their clubs. Look at Chelsea, six months after winning the Champions League Roberto di Matteo is out of a job. That's football," added Scully.



Big Sam in bid to sign teen Maguire

WATERFORD UNITED are today mulling over an offer from English Premier League side West Ham for their teenage striker Sean Maguire.

The Waterford lad is in demand with English clubs after a superb season in Division One for the Blues last term, and following a successful trial last week the Hammers have lodged a bid with Waterford. Maguire is keen to earn a move and try his luck abroad and Sam Allardyce's club are now favourites to land the 18-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Brighton, Derby County and Blackpool.

If the move goes through, Maguire would become Wateford's third major export in the last decade as the Blues previously cashed in by selling Gary Dempsey to Dunfermline (2002) and Daryl Murphy to Sunderland (2005).

- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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