TJ Ryan resigned as Limerick senior hurling manager, a press release issued by the county board confirmed last night.
This is far from a surprise as Ryan hinted at his departure in the wake of the county’s defeat to Clare in the qualifiers on Saturday night.
Here we look at some of the likely contenders to step into the hot seat as the next Limerick manager.
An obvious contender given that the Clareman is already in the Limerick set-up coaching the counties underage teams. Daly knows first hand all the talent coming through the Limerick ranks so would be a good candidate to take over for his third inter-county management stint after spells in charge of his native Clare as well as Dublin.
However, taking over the senior team will probably mean stepping away from his role with the minor and other underage teams so one would wonder if he will leave that job for this one.
Carey’s done a great job with Kerry, keeping the Kingdom in Division 1B of the NHL and in the Liam McCarthy Cup. Also, in 2015 he guided his home club Patrickswell to the county final, where they were unlucky to lose to eventual All-Ireland champions Na Piarsaigh.
Ciaran Carey as manager, possibly with Mark Foley on the ticket, would be an immensely popular choice with Limerick’s supporters. He has managed Limerick at Under-21 level before as well as the camogie team.
The mastermind behind Limerick’s All-Ireland Under-21 success last year, Kiely would be a popular choice with the Limerick public. The Galbally man will be sure to be one of the favourites for the position.
Kiely, along with coach Jimmy Quilty, who himself has enjoyed success with his own club Blackrock, as well as Ballyhea in Cork, would be a good duo to put Limerick hurling back up to where they feel they should be.
Limerick’s hurling coach this year has inter-county management experience with Antrim. However, his appointment as coach was far from universally popular so it’s hard to see Cahill promoted to the top role.
On top of that, Limerick have had a number of ‘outside managers’ over the last decade or so, so they may stay within the county.
O’Neill is the manager of Na Piarsaigh and has enjoyed great success in recent times, securing county, Munster and All-Ireland titles with the city club.
His is a name that is sure to crop up once club delegates are asked for suggestions as to who Limerick should turn to. Club victories don’t guarantee county success, but O’Neill is sure to be on the radar for big jobs down the line – he may not get the biggest one straight away, however.
Quaid guided Kildare to the Christy Ring Cup semi-final in his first season in charge of the Leinster county.
Like Carey, Quaid has previously managed the Limerick camogie side and felt hard done by when he was overlooked for the minor hurling job after enjoying success with Limerick at underage level.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena