Wednesday 21 February 2018

Limerick pull off major coup as they land top Clare hurling coach

Clare coach Paul Kinnerk. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Clare coach Paul Kinnerk. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Limerick are believed to have pulled off a major coup, with highly-rated coach Paul Kinnerk set to leave Clare and work with the Treaty senior hurlers in 2017.

The recruitment of Kinnerk, who has also been working with Limerick's underage academies in the past year, would be a hugely positive development following this year's disappointing campaign.

While no successor to TJ Ryan has been confirmed yet, it is understood that there are likely to be details of the new Treaty boss at next Tuesday's county board meeting.

Officials are keen to have the "right man" in place before the climax of the Limerick SHC, with Anthony Daly, Liam Sheedy, John Kiely, Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Davy Fitzgerald all touted as high-profile possibilities.

Kinnerk helped guide Clare to All-Ireland success in 2013 and is seen as one of the masterminds behind their underage revolution following his involvement in their three-in-a-row success from 2012 to 2014 at U-21 level.

Having returned to the Banner in 2016 to renew acquaintances with manager Fitzgerald after a year out, the Limerick native's loss would be hugely felt in Clare's bid to return to hurling's summit.

Irish Independent

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