Former Cork boss set for Limerick job

Former Cork All-Ireland winning hurling manager John Allen is poised to take over from Limerick boss Donal O’Grady for the second time in his career.

Allen took over from O’Grady at Cork for the 2005 campaign and went onto to win that year’s Liam McCarthy Cup before stepping down as manager following the 2006 final loss to Kilkenny in 2006, since then working extensively in the media.

The appointment of Allen is expected to be finalised next week.

In his single year in charge O’Grady led the Treatymen to a National League Division Two title and won promotion to Division 1B before bowing out of the championship in the quarter finals losing 3-13 to 0-18 against Dublin.

For the third time in a row the Limerick county board have opted for a Cork man, as Allen was chosen ahead of a strong field of candidates made up of O’Grady’s back room team: Ciarán Carey, TJ Ryan and Pat Heffernan.

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