Limerick links for ex-Hull City managers Phil Brown and Peter Taylor
TWO former Hull City managers have emerged as contenders to take the vacant manager's job at Limerick.
Phil Brown, who took the Tigers into the Premier League and kept them there, has declared his interest in the role, whilst Peter Taylor is also believed to be another name in the frame.
Brown, 53, is set to be interviewed by the ambitious Shannonsiders and he has been given a glowing reference by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce,
Allardyce, who started his managerial career in Limerick, had Brown as his assistant at both Blackpool and Bolton.
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Brown really made his name after taking City into the top flight for the first time in the club's history.
Having left his last job at Preston, he has struggled to find a new club and recently rejected the chance to manage Hartlepool as he could not bring in his own backroom staff.
An ambitious club, Limerick are in the process of having a new ground built at their spiritual home, the Markets Field.
They want a high-profile figure in their dugout and have already spoken to Taylor, who took City into the Championship with back-to-back promotions, about relocating to Ireland.
The former England caretaker boss, who was responsible for handing David Beckham the captain's armband for the first time, spoke to representatives from the Munster club last week.
With applications now closed, an announcement is expected next week, with Les Ferdinand another name who is reportedly interested.
But Taylor, who coached outgoing Limerick manager Pat Scully, is believed to be the clear favourite after leaving his role as Bahrain boss.