The Lims skipper believes that the club needs to appoint a suitable candidate for the role of manager, rather than opting for a 'big name', in order to ensure long-term successLimerick captain Pat Purcell believes that the club must appoint 'the right man' when selecting a new manager for the club.
The Airtricity First Division champions have been searching for a new manager after parting ways with Pat Scully ahead of the forthcoming season and Purcell says that it is 'important' for the club to seek long-term success and find a manager 'who knows the league'.
"I don’t think it’s about getting a big name. It’s about getting the right man for the job for Limerick," Purcell told the Limerick Leader. "I think it’s important that we get someone who knows the league, knows the players and has a good record of success."
During the off-season, as well as deciding on a new manager, the Limerick board must attend to a number of issues, including player contracts and, crucially, where they will play their football in the Premier Division and the home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park, appears to be a possible venue.
"It’s a very exciting time to be involved with the club," added Purcell. "Especially with the news that we could be playing our home games in Thomond Park.
"I think it could really capture the people’s imagination but it’s important that we get the appointment right and do what is right to make Limerick a sucessful Premier League team."
Ultimately, Purcell believes that long-term sustainability is the number one priority for the club, but he believes that the club is capable of competing in the Premier Division.
"There’s no point in doing something that will make Limerick successful for a year or two, they need to ensure that whatever the club does is sustainable," said the 33-year-old.
"Obviously we have played the Premier teams in pre-season games and in cup competitions but it will be brilliant to be playing them week in and week out.
"It will be a big step up but it’s something that the club is well able for," concluded Purcell.