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Thursday 14 December 2017

Limerick the managers

Tom Ryan (1994-1997)

The records are clear that Ryan is Limerick's most successful manager of modern times. Won two Munster titles and steered the team to two All-Ireland final appearances but had a history of discord and mistrust with administrators. Now a stern critic.

Eamonn Cregan (1998-2002)

The Limerick team of the 1990s was weakening when Cregan took over.

Summoned up the conviction for a Munster final appearance in 2001 but little else.

Mossie Carroll (2002)

Technically Carroll, formerly a selector with Cregan, was manager for less than 48 hours after Cregan quit before doing a U-turn.

Dave Keane (2003)

The man behind the trio of All-Ireland U-21 titles between 2000 and 2002 couldn't get a handle on the transition to senior level in one year. Limerick delegates didn't afford him any more time.

Padjoe Whelahan (2004-2005)

Came from Birr with a big reputation as an All-Ireland winning club manager but early in his second league campaign poor results made it too uncomfortable for him to stay.

Joe McKenna (2005-2006)

Originally part of Whelahan's ticket, he assumed control after the Birr man's departure and the pick-up was quick. Reached a league final in

2006 but lost to Kilkenny before a championship defeat to Tipperary ripped the heart out of Limerick. A hammering from Clare prompted a mid-season resignation.

Richie Bennis (2006-2008)

Another of the '73 crew to step into the breach, he brought instant stability and then an All-Ireland final appearance against Kilkenny in 2007. A disappointing 2008 brought more change and left Bennis disappointed.

Justin McCarthy (2009-2010)

Reaching an All-Ireland semi-final in 2009 papered over the cracks and when he sought to remove almost 12 of his squad in the off-season, he lost another 12 in protest. Struggled through the league and championship as Limerick hit new lows.

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