Fri, 10 Mar, 2023 – 12:39
John Fogarty and Maurice Brosnan
Ray Dempsey has departed the Limerick footballers, with selector Mark Fitzgerald taking over until the end of the current campaign.
The Irish Examiner understands that Mayo native Dempsey announced his intention to step aside on Thursday evening after the players met last week. Issues around man-management and preparation came to a head following their 24-point defeat against Cork. They are currently bottom of Division 2 without a win in five matches played.
Confirming current selector Fitzgerald will take over from Dempsey, a Limerick GAA statement released on Friday afternoon read: “Limerick GAA wish to announce that the Limerick Senior Football Management have stepped down with immediate effect.
“Limerick GAA would like to thank them for their commitment to the job and wish them well in the future.
“Mark Fitzgerald will take up the new position of manager until the end of the season Limerick GAA will be making no further comment.”
It was announced last October that Dempsey would take over on a two-year term. He was succeeding Billy Lee, who stepped down after six years in charge. Lee oversaw promotion from Division 4 to Division 2 and reached a Munster final in 2022.
Dempsey previously managed Knockmore to two Mayo senior titles and worked with the Mayo U21 and minors prior to that. A month after he was announced manager, Dempsey confirmed All-Ireland winner Anthony Maher was on the ticket as coach.
He was joined by former Limerick player Eoin Joy from the Fr Casey’s club and Fitzgerald, the Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubman who has been with Kingdom minor teams.
Limerick are still in contention to stay up in Division 2.
The county face fellow strugglers Kildare next weekend before their final round game against Clare on March 26, who are also hoping to avoid the drop to Division 3.
2 March 2022; In attendance at the Yoplait LGFA Higher Education Football Championships Captains Day are Yoplait Ireland brand manager Deirdre Lowry, centre, and HEC Chairperson Daniel Caldwell, with Yoplait O’Connor Cup captains, from left, Caoimhe O’Connor of TU Dublin, Anna Rose Kennedy of DCU Dóchas Éireann and Aoife Molloy of University of Limerick, at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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