Ryan targets Kinnerk as he rings changes in Limerick
Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has parted company with two members of his backroom team and has set his sights on bringing respected coach Paul Kinnerk on board for 2016.
Ryan, who was given a three-year term at the end of last season, is looking for a new coach and strength and conditioning coach after the departures of Mark Lyons and Paul Beary.
Lyons and Beary had been with the management for the last two seasons. Kinnerk was a vital cog in Clare’s All-Ireland senior and trio of u-21 successes between 2012 and 2014. But he left at the end of last year.
At the time Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald intimated that Kinnerk would return after a year out but that seems unlikely now.
Kinnerk plays football for Limerick club Monaleen and currently heads up the county’s underage football academy, a position he took up last year.
The changes come on the back of a review of Limerick’s season which has been completed since the July county board meeting.
At the time it was felt that Ryan might come under some pressure because of their performances against Tipperary in the Munster Championship and Dublin in the qualifiers.
Another former Clare backroom member Joe O’Connor may also be in Limerick’s sights. O’Connor worked with Fitzgerald in Clare and previously Waterford but he too stepped away at the end of 2014.
An experienced physical fitness coach, he works in IT Tralee and is also a Limerick native.
Ryan’s new team is expected to be finalised at the next board meeting in September.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that Kildare referee Ray Kelly will take charge of the All-Ireland senior camogie final between Cork and Galway. Dublin’s Jenny Byrne will oversee the All-Ireland intermediate final between Waterford and Kildare.