Limerick senior hurling manager John Allen looks as though his time at the helm is drawing to a close.
Having been appointed in October 2011, Allen oversaw the drastic improvement of the current Limerick side from underdogs to champions in less than two years.
No doubt, if he does step down, his greatest achievement will be that he guided his side to their 19th Munster title while in charge. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it was the fact the it was their first final appearance since 2007 when they were well beaten by Waterford 3-17 to 1-14 and their first title in 17 years.
Granted, the Shannonsiders desperately want him to stay.
However, as reported by the Limerick Leader on Thursday morning, Allen’s contract ended three weeks ago, and the 58-year-old hasn’t yet stated whether he intends to stay on or not – prompting many to believe that he is stepping down – although it is expected that a decision will be made public on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Limerick supporters, it looks as though they’ll face a few sleepless nights in the meantime.
In truth, it was a tremendous year for Limerick hurling as they also reached the All-Ireland semi-final only to be beaten by Clare. Of course, that may not turn out to be a bad result either, particularly if the Banner go all the way and lift the Liam McCarthy Cup.
Cork will have other ideas, but stranger things have happened.
Indeed, the Limerick Leader are also reporting that former Tipperary hurler and manager Liam Sheedy who guided The Premier County to national glory in 2010 may be the man to replace him. He certainly wouldn’t be a bad replacement.
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