A good man at the helm with Limerick FC – Dolan

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Limerick manager Neil McDonald during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Limerick FC and Shamrock Rovers at Market's Field in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

LIMERICK FC’s mid-term acquisition of manager Neil McDonald was a “brilliant decision,” according to League-of-Ireland legend Pat Dolan.

As a manger himself, Dolan achieved plenty with St. Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City.

McDonald’s early days were overshadowed by unfavourable results and some high-profile departures, but of late there has been a noticeable on-pitch improvement by his players with Premier Division survival looking more achievable and a FAI Cup quarter-final spot secured. Limerick haven’t won the blue riband of domestic football since way back in 1982.

In his Irish Daily Star column, Dolan said: “I don’t know Neil, but everyone knows he was a great player, with a wide and varied experience in coaching. I really admire what he is doing at Limerick. Neil is clearly in it for the challenge, not the money.”

“The easiest thing for him to have done would have been to finish with the same squad and blame the other managers, but he has been proactive.

“It took bottle to drop captain Shane Duggan (against Bohemians), but it was vindicated (Limerick won 1-0). Neil has only been in the job for a few months and you can’t really judge someone until they’ve been there for at least a full season.”

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