Horan steps down as Limerick boss
Limerick football manager Maurice Horan has stepped down, bringing an end to his nine-year relationship with the county.
Less than a week after watching his side exit the championship on the back of an 11-point defeat to Longford, the former Mayo and Limerick inter-county forward has decided to call time on his managerial career with the Treaty men, citing work commitments.
Horan, who made the move from his native Mayo as a player in 2004, said: "I want to thank all of the players and management that worked with me in the last few years. They have put so much work in to get Limerick football to the top.
"Hopefully this group of players will be able to take the next step and win a Munster title.
"I'd like to thank my family and friends who supported me during three very enjoyable years, most notably my wife Brid," said Horan (left).
Limerick County Board chairman Oliver Mann paid tribute to Horan, who he described as "the most courteous person he has dealt with".
"On behalf of the Limerick County Board I would like to pay tribute to Maurice for the great service he has given us. We wish him the best.
"Maurice helped us into Division 3 this year and that leaves us with a solid foundation to build on," he said.
The undoubted highlight of Horan's three years as Limerick manager came in 2011 when he led the team to the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry.
Some Limerick players took to Twitter, with John Riordan saying: 'Best wishes to Maurice Horan in the future, he will be missed #dedicated', while Iain Corbett said: 'Sad to see Maurice leave, had a great 2 years under him #greatcoach'.