Limerick announce Stuart Taylor as new manager

The Airtricity First Division champions have announced the former Drogheda United player as their new manager ahead of the 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season
Airtricity Premier Division side Limerick Football Club have announced Stuart Taylor as their new manager on a three-year contract.

Taylor, 38, enjoyed a playing career which saw him line out for St Mirren, Drogheda United, St Johnston and Hamilton Academical among others and, in August 2012, he was appointed coach of Qatari Al-Khor Sports Club.

He now takes over as manager of the Shannonsiders as they aim to build upon their promotion from the First Division.

The Lims had been searching for a new manager for a period of two months following the sacking of Pat Scully. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Taylor spoke of his appointment as well as his hopes for the future. "I am delighted to be joining, in Limerick FC, a club with a great history but more importantly a clear long term plan for the future," Taylor said.

"The transformation in Limerick FC since my days in the league with Drogheda is there for everyone to see. The chairman exudes positivity and has impressed on me the importance of the club to the region and the potential role it can play in improving opportunities for young people in the region. It is our aim to assemble a team that will not only play attractive, winning football but create a bond with the fans on and off the field.

"The club has extremely passionate supporters and I look forward to their support throughout the season and I hope they will be proud of the performances the team put out on the park. We have a good youth structure in place, a strong returning panel from last season and we hope to make some further additions before the season kicks off ago any Cork City."

Meanwhile, Limerick have re-signed forward Rory Gaffney. The PFAI First Division player of the year has agreed a new one-year contract with the club. Limerick also announced John O'Sullivan as their new Chief Executive Officer this morning. O'Sullivan has previous backroom experience as CEO of Athlone Town and chairman of Cork City.

Announcing the appointments, Limerick chairman Pat O'Sullivan told reporters: "We are delighted to have today confirmed both Stuart Taylor as our new manager and John O'Sullivan as our new chief executive officer.

"As we look forward to our first season back in the Premier Division it is important to have a team in place that is fully invested in the vision we have for the club. Stuart is not only highly qualified and comes highly recommended but he really impressed us with his vision for developing the club on and off the field.

"We look forward to a long and successful partnership and have already begun to identify potential additions to the panel alongside securing the contract signings of the majority of last year's squad."