Thursday 22 March 2018

U-21 manager Kiely poised to take Treaty senior reins

John Kiely is the favourite to next lead the Limerick hurling team Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
John Kiely is the favourite to next lead the Limerick hurling team Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

John Kiely has emerged as the front-runner to be appointed as Limerick hurling manager this week in succession to TJ Ryan.

Kiely, who guided the county to All-Ireland U-21 glory last year, is favourite for the position, which could be confirmed at tonight's county board meeting.

Na Piarsaigh's All-Ireland club winning manager Shane O'Neill has also been in the frame.

The new man will be joined by Limerick native Paul Kinnerk, who will be moving over from Clare, having rejoined Davy Fitzgerald's backroom team after taking 2015 out.

Former Clare and Dublin manager Anthony Daly may have been in the Limerick County Board's thoughts with his involvement as a director of the academy in the county, but is to remain in that role, it is understood.

Former Galway manager Anthony Cunningham was being linked with the position some weeks back but is not thought to be in the frame.

Ciaran Carey's progressive time in charge of the Kerry hurlers this year, aided by former Limerick playing colleague Mark Foley, did not draw the attention of the committee in charge of replacing Ryan.

Meanwhile, Fitzgerald's Banner future is likely to come up for discussion at tonight's Clare county board meeting.

Fitzgerald has a year left on his agreement with the board but there has been no firm indication from the manager that he is going to continue.

Clare won the league title in May but crashed out of the Munster and All-Ireland championships to Galway and Waterford and have not had a significant championship success since the 2013 All-Ireland triumph.

Irish Independent

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