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Thursday 22 June 2017

Doolin in frame as Limerick axe Russell

Paul Doolin. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Paul Doolin. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Paul Doolin has been linked with a return to League of ireland management as Limerick begin the hunt for a new boss following Martin Russell's departure.

Dubliner Russell was a popular figure in Limerick having led the Blues to a First Division title success and promotion back to the top flight for this season.

But just six games into the Premier Division campaign Russell and the club have parted ways. "Following a meeting this morning the Club and I have mutually and amicably decided to part-company," Russell said yesterday in a statement released by the club.

"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Pat O'Sullivan for the opportunity to have managed Limerick FC."

The Blues had a bright start to the season, beating Sligo Rovers 5-1 on the opening day of the campaign but a return of four points from the next five games put Russell under pressure and his last game in charge was a disappointing 3-0 loss to Cork City, so a new man will be at the helm, at least as caretaker, for Friday's test away to St Patrick's Athletic,

Former Drogheda United and Cork City boss Doolin, who has been out of management since leaving his FAI post last year, is said to be in the frame.

But ex-Waterford manager Stephen Henderson, whose Cobh Ramblers side are the surprise joint leaders in Division One, is also being linked.

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