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Carey in line to succeed O'Grady as Treaty boss

Ciaran Carey has emerged as the front runner to succeed Donal O'Grady as Limerick hurling manager after his departure earlier this month.

Carey was a selector under O'Grady in 2011 and has previously been the county's camogie and U-21 team manager back in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

O'Grady had three selectors in 2011 -- past players Carey, TJ Ryan and Pat Heffernan -- and the thinking was that if O'Grady stuck rigidly to his one-year involvement, then one of the trio would be in line to replace him.

The former Cork manager John Allen has been touted as O'Grady's replacement but Carey's credentials are understood to be hardening if the three-man committee opt to propose a local candidate this time.

Carey is believed to be very interested in the role but whether the same committee that put forward O'Grady 12 months ago -- Paudie Fitzmaurice, Damien Quigley and Jim Woulfe -- decide to suggest a local candidate remains to be seen.

The Treaty county made good progress under O'Grady this year, but the former Cork manager stuck to his conviction that he would only remain in the hot seat for one season.

An appointment is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Irish Independent