Sport Hurling

Thursday 18 January 2018

Treaty move quickly to replace John Allen

John Allen has stepped down as Limerick manager
John Allen has stepped down as Limerick manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Limerick will move swiftly to replace John Allen as manager after his surprise decision to step down last night.

A five-man committee will begin their search for an eighth hurling manager in 11 years immediately in the hope of having a replacement named at the October county board meeting.

The board were informed of the Corkman's decision to step down just over eight weeks after Limerick's landmark Munster title success in July.

It is a big blow for the county, which had benefited from the calm authority and stability that Allen had brought over the last two years.

Limerick secretary Mike O'Riordan, treasurer Donal Morrissey and Damien Quigley, Jim Woulfe and Paudie Fitzmaurice, who have overseen the appointment of the last two managers, will form the five-man committee to find a successor. Allen's two-year stint mirrors the time he spent in Cork where he delivered back-to-back Munster titles in 2005 and '06, as well as the All-Ireland in 2005.

Meanwhile, Jim McGuinness is expected to confirm his intention to remain on as Donegal football manager for another year after clubs in the county last night voted to defer the senior and intermediate championships in 2014 until after the county team's interest in their championships have ceased.

The clubs voted 20-6 to postpone the championships, having rebuffed a proposal from McGuinness to play two rounds in April prior to the start of the championship.

The clubs' decision is sure to put Donegal County Board on a collision course with Croke Park and the Ulster Council but it should be enough to extend McGuinness' term to a fourth year.

When they won the All-Ireland title in 2012, the championships in Donegal were compressed into just a few weeks, during which Karl Lacey aggravated a hip injury.

This year some clubs played three games between the Tyrone and Down games, and Lacey and Neil Gallagher picked up injuries which forced them out of the Down game.

Meanwhile, Paul Bealin will be ratified as the next Westmeath football manager tonight. The former Dublin footballer is the preferred choice of the Westmeath management committee.

Outgoing manager Pat Flanagan, who led the team to Division 1 in April, and Jack Sheedy, a former Dublin colleague of Bealin, were also under consideration.

Bealin has previously managed Wexford and Carlow and is now in charge of Dublin club Parnells.

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