Allen chooses to leave Limerick


John Allen Cut OutJOHN ALLEN has decided not to continue on as Limerick Senior Hurling manager following the end of his two year term at the helm.
The Limerick County Board confirmed during the week that Allen informed the association that he will not be seeking an extension to his term as Limerick Senior Hurling manager. John Allen was appointed on a two year term in 2011 and under his management Limerick were crowned Munster Senior Hurling Champions earlier this year for the first time since 1996.
In a statement, the County Board added that they were disappointed, but respected the Cork native’s decision to move on.
“While obviously disappointed that John has decided not to seek the extension to his term, all those involved in Limerick GAA respect his decision, thank him unequivocally for his time as Limerick manager
and wish him every success in the future. Limerick G.A.A. would also like to take this opportunity compliment John and his entire backroom team for their commitment and professionalism to Limerick G.A.A. since their appointments”
A five man committee of County Board secretary, Mike O’Riordan, treasurer Donal Morrissey, Damien Quigley, Jim Woulfe and Pauide Fitzmaurice have now been handed the task of finding Allen’s replacement.
With the success and stability gained under the tenure of Allen, as well as the new structures and professionalism brought to the table by his predecessor, Donal O’Grady, the next manager in the hot seat has huge shoes to fill.
With a position to fill, early favourites have begun to emerge already. Former Tipperary managers Liam Sheedy and Nicky English are two names linked early on, as is Limerick minor manager Brian Ryan.